Sugar Free Me by Naomi Grace Kingery (Continued)
What I didn't expect at first is how much I would eventually learn. I knew I'd learn all the diabetes "lingo" and whatnot, but I've learned so much more than I thought I would ever know at my age. I've learned how much I can personally handle; I've seen what my breaking point is. I have broken and survived my breaking point, then succeeded is victory. I've learned that I can handle much more than I give myself credit for and I can live through some things I never thought possible. I can look back and see challenges I never thought I could endure, and I endured them and came out a better person. Do you believe that you or your loved one is now a better person because of this?
I've also been taught that the word "impossible" doesn't exist. I've seen that there are diabetics out there who know A LOT more than I do... a lot more about health and a ton about life. Being diagnosed is so much more than learning about diabetes. What have you learned since the day you were diagnosed? I didn't want to write this book with a lot of cheesy stories or explanations, nor did I want to sit and write out all the negatives. I just wanted you to step back and put things into perspective. It might be a perspective that you've never seen before or it may be one that you live in. If you're a loved one who read this whole book, kudos to you. It means a whole lot for you to care so much. It really does...so thank you!
Maybe you've had diabetes for a week or for thirty years; I hope this book taught you something. Thank you for reading and listening to what I have to say! I wrote it over a period of two and a half years, from the age of fifteen to eighteen. Two and a half years not only because I have a crazy busy life but because I wanted to write this as I continued to grow and experience new things. I've enjoyed writing this for you to read because in the process I've been able to look back on what my life has been with this disease.
My desire is that in a way I can make the voice of every diabetic teenager a little louder in the world today. We will get through this, we will overcome. You're going to have hard times, but you're going to get through those hard times. Hang in there and keep your head up. Value every breath you take! Remember: being a diabetic is simply a daily reminder that life is short, and it's up to you to make it sweet. You'd be surprised how sweet a sugar free life can be if you only give it a chance.
With all the dizziness and the shaking
And the cakes we can't eat that are baking
With all the pokes and the blood
And the tears that fall becoming a flood
With all the physical pain
All that you lose and all you gain
With all the questions
and the answers yet to be found...
I salute you-
I admire you-
I love you.
To every beta cell challenged kid in the world
To every aged boy and every aged girl
You are beautiful and strong
and no matter what- you have to continue moving on.
With all of the love in my heart,
Naomi Grace Kingery
THE Diabetic Diva Est. 9-2-01
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Years before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, The Other Half came out of a doctor's appointment with a diagnosis of "borderline diabetes" and an ADA exchange diet sheet. His health insurance agency followed up on the diagnosis with a glucometer and test strips. After a year or so of trying to follow the diet plan and test his glucose levels, things appeared to be back in "normal" range, and stood there until a couple of years after my own diagnosis. Shortly...