Thumbs up Definition
Living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is not easy. On average, a person living with T1D thinks about T1D 600 times per day! Every day, you have to take into account how much insulin to take for your blood glucose levels depending on your activity level, food intake, and mood. It's complicated and can't be seen as black and white. It’s frustrating and demanding that can bring you in close proximity with death. The fear of your future socially, economically and biologically will keep you awake at night, and your morning starts with an uphill battle of glucose management. T1D is a lifelong permanent contract and it's easy to feel negative feelings like sadness, anger, and defeat.
It sucks. period. BUT
Diabetes teaches you something new every day. You're constantly learning and seeking ways to improve by listening to your bodies demands. It motivates you to focus and live your life to its fullest as you’re good days are often others normal days. You learn the importance of community and how vulnerability and communication is a major component of happiness. You learn to break barriers and go against the odds. You learn that life is worth living and your grateful for this moment of time. You become a resilient warrior.
The gesture of thumbs up is about taking a moment to be grateful to be physically and mentally in that moment of time. It’s gratitude.
Thumbs up is reminding yourself, you are alive, healthy and grateful.
Join the thumbs up nation #ThumbsUpDiabetes and be in the moment.