The month of November has been amazing so far. I can not tell you the number of people that I have added or that have added me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Each person living with diabetes and doing so successfully, seeing their posts each and everyday shows me that diabetes is not winning. The diabetes landscape has changed!! Each person living with diabetes is taking control and living their dreams. Each person has a positive outlook and story when it comes to diabetes. I love seeing mothers and fathers posting statuses that are happy when it comes to their children living with diabetes. Be it a child giving themselves their first insulin injection or a child sleeping over a friends house, each moment is a celebration of life with diabetes. It is the little moments that mean the most when you are living with diabetes. I have been living with diabetes for twenty-six years and after a night of tailgating and football I arrived home and looked over my CGM reading for the past 12 hours and was amazed at how much time I spent in my set range. Like a child that just got the best birthday present ever I ran over to my girlfriend and said "Look at this!! This is impressive!!" Her reaction and smile made my night!! Each day presents a challenge, it is celebrating those moments that makes living with diabetes so great!!
The diabetes community is so strong and is only getting stronger!! Team Novo Nordisk is setting the record straight on world diabetes day and giving anyone living with diabetes inspiration. As we all know Phil Southerland is the team co-founder and CEO, this morning I read an amazing interview with his mother on Huffington Post. I'm not going to lie the interview immediately brought me to tears. All I know is my life with diabetes, I don't know what it is like to be on the other side. I don't know what it would be like to care for a son, daughter or loved one with diabetes. Living with diabetes is a team effort and I think we all owe the caregivers a sincere thank you today. If we did not have them who knows where we would be. Personally I can't thank everyone who is a part of my life for all that they do when it comes to me and my life with diabetes. This goes far beyond my family, it is the coworkers that buy me a juice when my blood sugar is out of range. The friends that make the trip to NYC with me when I have a race. It is "Minnie" and "Sharky" saying "medicine" when I give myself my insulin before dinner. The sweet yet nervous 2am gentle wakeup from my girlfriend telling me that our phones are beeping because my blood sugar is out of range. The smile on my nurse and doctors face when they see my A1C. The students that ask me to mentor them for their senior project on diabetes. The middle school and high school students that have hugged me after hearing me talk and thank me because they know someone living with diabetes. It is the emails from people with the best pro cycling team in the world that give me the confidence to chase my dreams. It is the countless emails with a woman that I have never met but that has helped me as a blogger countless times. It is a group of teenagers riding their bikes in Atlanta chasing their dream. This list could go on for days and days, for anyone that has been a part of my life for the past twenty-six years THANK YOU!!! I couldn't be doing the things that I am doing without you!!