Thumbs up Definition
On average, a person living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) has to think about it 600 times a day! You have to constantly think about the possible 42 factors than can affect your diabetes. Factors like how much insulin should I take? What is my current blood sugar and where is it trending? How many carbohydrates are in this food and what is the glycemic index? Am I going to be active, if so, what kind of activity? What is my mood, and am I stressed? The calculations and thoughts are endless!
What is problematic is these choices cannot be seen as black and white. T1D is a multidimensional disease that is unique to everyone. What works for one person may not work for another. This can cause frustration, and not to mention the burden and fear socially, economically and biologically it can imply. Having T1D is a lifelong permanent contract and it's easy to feel negative feelings like sadness, anger, and defeat.
It does suck.
Having T1D teaches you something new every day. You're constantly learning and seeking ways to improve your health and management. It motivates you to focus and live your life to its fullest. You learn the importance of community, vulnerability, and adversity.
The gesture of thumbs up is about taking a moment to be grateful to be alive and present. Have fun and jump in!
Thumbs up is reminding yourself- you are alive, healthy and grateful.
Don’t forget to post #ThumbsUpDiabetes and join the positive movement.