Health care is a basic human right, not a privilege. For some reason, we’ve allowed ourselves as Americans to be fooled into accepting that one must be blessed with “means” to actuate appropriate health care. As a nation we have failed to realize that our health care system is a barometer of our society’s value for human life.


Friday, September 29, 2006

My 1-Month Anniversary

Wow! I can’t believe I’ve made it this far and I haven’t given up yet! That’s right, I’ve been doing this blog, as of yesterday, for one month and counting. Now, I realize that in the grand scheme of bloggers (especially for us D-folk) that this really isn’t all that long, but I’m excited that I’ve made it this far, and I’m even more excited that at least some people seem to be READING the things I am WRITING!

I’ve been considering taking more of a pointed focus with this blog, but I’ve decided at this point, I want to just continue to feel out what is right for me. It just might turn out that I do best being able to consistently touch on all of the things that are important to me, and relate these things either pointedly or un-pointedly with my diabetes.

So what ARE the things that are truly important to me? To name a few (which I’m sure most of you have guessed these by now):

1. God – every opportunity that is given me to rejoice in the gifts in this life I have been given I need to take!
2. Family – I have been blessed with two ridiculously awesome kiddos and one awesome Bob the Babe. It suits me well to remember that there was a time that I didn’t have such a complex family order and I don’t know how I did it when I didn’t have quite as much to do!
3. Food (This list is not necessarily in order of importance! Well, maybe the first two are…) mmmmmm, I am OBSSESSIVE about food. This is a love/hate thing, and sometimes, yes, it pisses me off and freaks me out, but it is SOOOO important and tastes so darn good!
4. Exercise (namely running, all exercise is done in the name or running, even exercise that isn’t running)
5. Diabetes Care – I have a responsibility to myself. I have a responsibility to my family. I have a responsibility to God. I have a responsibility to take care of myself to the best of my ability. I have a responsibility to accurately (and with the utmost truth) gauge when it is time to really get serious and buckle down and when it is time to really get serious and let go for a day or two. I have a responsibility. It is like making the bed. It pisses me off, I don’t want to do it EVERY stinkin morning. Sometimes I take a day off and deal with that messy bed crap later on in the evening. But in general, I make the bed every day because it is a responsibility that is only mine. I cannot give it away. I cannot give diabetes away. This is MINE, and I need to make it mine. I need to dress it up in ways to make it suck less as I deal with it. I need to learn about ways to make my care more appealing and to help me achieve the results I desire. What results do I desire? I desire to live mostly complication free for as long as I can (is reduced hypoglycemic awareness considered a complication?) and I want to find joy and love in all that I do. I do not want diabetes to define me. I want to define diabetes and what it means in my life, in my family’s life, in the lives of those who are affected by me. I want to take control of what I can (my choices) and let go what I cannot control….

I guess as I grow with this blog, I may choose a focus to this blog that centers around one of those things above….but for now, I’m having too much fun sharing ALL of it!

On a side note, I need to congratulate my dear friend Carriss on the birth of her baby daughter….Carriss had a c-section to deliver her daughter yesterday, the baby only 28 weeks gestation. It saddens me to know that she has many months of hardship ahead because of the prematurity of this beautiful little girl. I am keeping my good friend, her husband, and their new tiny addition to their young family in my prayers, and I would hope that many of you will as well!


Scott K. Johnson said...

Hey Sarah,

Have I told you yet that I am SO GLAD that you started blogging?!

And why does a blog need to have any focus? I say write whatever the heck you want to write about, whenever you want to write about it! It's all about YOU and whatever YOU feel like expressing.

That's my vote on it.

Sandra Miller said...

Congratulations on reaching that 1-month milestone!

You're doing a fabulous job here, by the way.

And hey, I must thank you.

I've just completed week two of running nearly every day-- 3 miles. I started doing yoga & pilates again three weeks ago, and thought I'd give the running a try (inspired by an earlier post of yours).

It feels awesome to be doing it again-- and so far (she says in a whisper so as not to jinx it) the achilles tendon has given me no problems :-)

In Search Of Balance said...

Ditto all of the above. What a pleasure to have your blog to read, and to get your clever, witty perspective on any number of topics! Thanks for your words, enthusiasm, and one whole month of sharing!

:) :)