Diabetes Spring

When it comes to diabetes, spring isn't the only time for cleaning.

kalimah bioBy Kalimah Johnson

June 2009 — Springtime reminds me of renewal, a time to spring clean, and pack away those cold defending items used for winter blasts too artic to even recall. Although I fear the all too soon return of snowfall and ice sickles in a few short months, I certainly am more than happy to usher in this time feeling motivated to get my life and household in order!  The spring season brings wet rain to wash out the winter blues and colorful flowers to give us all a reason to be thankful, the fresh green grass and the leaves to revel in.  During springtime, I am constantly reminded of how nature is born again and how life is transformed through growth, warmth, water, and earthly elements.  And I am thankful.

Sometimes having diabetes and dealing with the daily tasks of managing the disease can bring me the blahs and the blues.  However, it is when I take time out to reflect upon the gifts that pure nature brings that I can feel refreshed and renewed.  Oftentimes, it is this season that inspires me to renew my faith towards keeping my type 2 diabetes in control.  I guess it is the whole ideal of becoming more mobile during the warmer months that I find myself motivated to check in with my doctors, myself, my family members, friends and other loved ones about my health status.  For exercise and diabetes, spring is also when I am more than likely to take nature walks, bike ride, and overall become more physically active.

Therefore, I always check in with my primary care physician to determine how to best take advantage of the season.  In doing so, I have some great updates to share!  My A1C is 6.3, the lowest it has been since I was diagnosed, my blood pressure was 118/78, I have lost 44 pounds after joining Weight Watchers last June and while I still have a little ways to go, I certainly have something to celebrate!  I feel as though I am renewing myself as the new season approaches.  With every sunrise, I awake encouraged and inspired to try something new and healthy to eat, I like what I see in the mirror, I love how I feel energized and I am truly blessed to have family and friends that support my journey!

I just completed a series of immunizations because I will be traveling for the first time to Africa in June (Ghana and Senegal).  I am too excited about going and I was hoping to get some advice on how to manage my diabetes abroad.  Any suggestions please forward them to me via email to my editor at dLife!

So what will you do to help celebrate the season change? How will you determine what changes you can make as the metamorphosis of nature occurs around you? Our type 2 diabetes is a condition that can only take a toll if we let it.  We can choose to think and cope with our disease in the same way that the earth turns its seasons.  All we have to do is wake up, prepare for the ups and the downs, celebrate the small changes, welcome the big improvements, nurture ourselves, and watch the benefits unfold. In other words, we can learn from seasons' pasts by planning for the unexpected, putting in order our priorities, and placing ourselves first and on one accord with nature.  For our diabetes, spring shall too pass, but let's make a commitment to be in the "here and now" of it, in order to determine the lesson it has in terms of our own health and vitality.

Got it, Sugar?  Good.  


Read more of Kalimah Johnson's columns, Get it Together, Sugar, here.

dLife's Viewpoints columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences, most often at a set point in time. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team before acting on anything you read here to find out what will work best for you.

Last Modified Date: June 10, 2013

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