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The Depression Cloud
I havestruggled with depression for as long as I remember. At one point in time in my twenties, mygrandmother, my mother and I were all taking Prozac at the same time. Is itgenetic, is it environmental, why is my family so prone to being depressed? Is it just a state of mind? Can I train myself to deal with it withoutusing medication? I was off meds foryears, until my LADA diagnosis, then my world fell apart and the depressioncloud parked itself on top of my head once again, and hasnt budged since.
When I thinkabout it rationally, I have no real reason to be depressed, I have a wonderfullife, husband, children, and family; I have been blessed many times over andconsider my life thus far to be one of success.I would like to say that Im a glass half full kind of girl, but if Imhonest, that is not the truth, I am really a glass half empty chick, and itpains me to admit it! I constantlyencourage friends and family to look at the brighter side of things and tothink positive, yet I fail follow the same advice for myself. I often get caught up and overwhelmed bychallenges and setbacks in my life; I guess one could say I lack copingskills. Again, it pains me to admit thisas well.
Maybe thefirst step is to try to come to terms with my diabetes diagnosis.
But I dontwant to be a diabetic!!! (this is the voice screaming and having a tempertantrum in my head)
I remember vividly during nursing school howmuch I dreaded caring for the diabetes patients, never, ever, ever, did I thinkone day I would be one! UGH! Alas, here I am, diagnosed 2 years ago as alate onset Type 1, facing a whole new world of daily challenges and most of allhaving to face the realization that I am one of those patients I dreaded somany years ago as a young nurse.
Adisadvantage to the whole late onset thing is that I mourn the life I had priorto diagnosis. I know having diabetes isnot the worst thing in the world; I could have been facing much worse healthchallenges. Being the control freakthat I am though, diabetes is a rough one.To me, this disease feels like a snake wrapped around my body thatloosens and tightens its grip at random, unpredictable times, and no matterwhat I do, for the rest of my life it will be a part of me and somehow I needto learn to live with it and not fight against it.
Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life. (Read More)
Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes. (Read More)