Sugar Free Me by Naomi Grace Kingery
by Naomi Grace Kingery
Copyright © 2008 by Xulon Press.
Provided with permission from Xulon Press.
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The End of Your Beginning
The biggest challenge you will face is finally coming to the point where you accept yourself. A point where you say that it's okay that you have this disease and that it's even more than okay. That acceptance in life is extremely hard to attain, and if you're reading this and you haven't accepted it yet; it'll take time. Don't be so hard on yourself. Patience really is a virtue. Take a deep breath. And continue to remind yourself that YOU'RE ALIVE. Sorry to say but up until now, diabetes isn't reversible and there isn't anything you can do about having it. But you have complete control over the way you view it. Confront this disease. Take on what can be viewed as our weakness and find a way to make it the power in your step.
Acknowledge that you have a weaker immune system and that you will have harder times than other teens your age. Life for you is as much of a roller coaster and a roller coaster can be, but that's okay. Don't lie to yourself, face reality, and then move on knowing that reality is a life that's worth living. The main reason I sat down to write this book is because I've seen too many diabetics who hate their life. Yes, it's hard but you're going to be okay!
Maybe you're a friend or family member reading this. Help your loved one love themselves; let them know how much the diabetic side of them means to you. We're all made perfect in the eyes of God, not only perfect, but absolutely beautiful. The Bible says "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
To God, your weak pancreas is a sign of strength and beauty. And even if you don't acknowledge it, diabetes is a beautiful thing. It brings awareness to a person's body and it forces one to make healthy life style changes that everyone should make anyway.
I hope in reading this book you've been enlightened on this disease. Although there are so many negatives one could say about it, a few positives can outshine any bit of darkness. As I conclude, I pray that each word echoes the whispers of diabetics like me around the world. The whispers that ask "Will there ever be a day without struggle?" And the millions of broken minds that sit and wonder why things have to be this way. As my pen hits this piece of paper, I wish that each word has helped to clearly portray the hopes and dreams on each one of our hearts.
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