When you begin to understand the repercussions of not taking care of yourself [as a person with diabetes], the pain you suffer and the pain you cause others due to your suffering is the pivotal point in your life when you force yourself to learn about the disease or the disorder that you have. The more you know about diabetes, the easier it becomes to control it. The more you understand the relationship that insulin and diet plays on the way your body breaks down food and namely carbohydrates, the more you will want to be in control so that you are freed from the jail cell that is your body and, at times, your mind.
There comes a point when you accept the fact that this is a challenge and it will be for the rest of your life. But when you realize that you can control this monster, make it a part of your life instead of a hindrance, that is the day that you become a person with diabetes and revoke the idea that you are defined by it.
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