Type 2 Diagnosis

Looking on the bright side of a type 2 diagnosis.

kalimah bioBy Kalimah Johnson

April 2010 — Last year around this time, I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate and recognize famous African Americans who had also been diagnosed with diabetes (both types) in my February article which is also Black History Month. I actually found that the research and the writing of that article served as an inspiration to me and hopefully to those who read it. To know that there are extraordinary people diagnosed with diabetes gave me a sense of hope knowing that if they can be successful and still make their dreams come true and achieve their accomplishments while having this disease, then I too can achieve my goals and manage type 2 diabetes. In that article, I talked about those who had succumbed to the disease and those who have continued to survive. I discussed concepts of courage, tenacity, perseverance and love.

Speaking of love, February is also recognized by some as the month we acknowledge the influence and the transformative power of love. I love all people and I embrace all cultures and I celebrate our similarities and our differences. I believe in the idea, thought and premise of this emotion and I usher this month in with love on my heart, spirit and mind. I thought that it would be a great idea this year to talk about the love I have for my type 2 diabetes and the relationships that are impacted by my disease. As Valentine's Day is one of my most favorite holidays of the year where we celebrate and acknowledge the healing power of love.

How can I really "love" my type 2 diabetes diagnosis when I have seen it destroy my matriarchal blood-line? How can I share love with others when I am constantly consumed by thoughts of current and future ailments and other negative outcomes of the disease? How can I receive love when my body is preoccupied with the physical demands of managing type 2 diabetes?

These are tough questions that I have contemplated as I thought about the approaching holiday and as I considered this topic of love. I discovered quickly that there are no easy answers.

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Last Modified Date: June 10, 2013

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