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You Are Amazing

I love this community, everything it stands for, and how it treats all the people that belong to it. One thing I don’t think we do enough, because there is no such thing as enough, is to give ourselves praise for everything we do in combating type 2 diabetes. I know we all can’t get enough of the tips, tricks, personal struggles, and accomplishments, and recipes. Trust me, I, along with most members of this community, turn to it for my daily diabetic needs.

Importance of community for type 2 diabetes

This article is going to be a little different from the rest. I want to focus on how amazing you are.

Support

Just being here, I want to say thank you and I applaud you. There are so many people that want to dismiss this disease or pretend it doesn’t exist so they can live the same lifestyle they always have, but not you. You are here making a difference in your life, and in turn, helping and encouraging others to do better as well. I hope you realize how much your support to others can change a life. Think about when you were first diagnosed and in a bad place trying to process the information given. Imagine having someone like how you are now encouraging yourself to do better and strive to be a better version of yourself. There is nothing like that. No doctor or care team can replace the encouragement and self-journey of individuals living with this condition.

Positivity

Keep up what you are doing. Every day there are way too many people becoming newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics. I really wish this wouldn’t happen, but for the foreseeable future, this is the reality of this disease. We need people like you to keep people staying positive and understand there is a lot of positive things that can be done with diabetes. You may never be cured of the disease, but that also may be a blessing for so many others. If you no longer had diabetes, it could cause you to no longer feel like you are needed in the community, which is not the case. Of course, we all wish there was a cure, but without a known cure, you can be the shining light in many people's lives.

Keeping it real

Thank you for being real. You tell people what to expect without making everything seem so simple or like there are no struggles with diabetes. As I said, a pet peeve of mine is when people make living with diabetes seem so easy. People like you let everyone know diabetes is a struggle, but the struggle has an end goal which is so much sweeter when we have to put in the work to make it happen. I believe this is one of the most important parts of supporting others with diabetes. People need to know it is a lot of work, but worth it in the end.

Again, thank you for being part of this community and keeping it real. There is nothing more I like than to see people being honest with each other while being encouraging. This is what makes this the best community out there for everyone from newly diagnosed to those that have been living with diabetes for decades.

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