Our friend and contributing author Markus describes his type 2 diabetes diagnosis experience and what it was like coming to terms with his new normal.
There have been exactly 3 events which created serious and lasting changes in my life...
Those were (not in chronological order):
1. The birth of my son 2. My first “real” job 3. Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
Fear, then anger, and then what?
Of course, the first two milestones were much more enjoyable than the third. I still remember feeling like the ground dropped out from under me and the subsequent roller coaster of emotions after being diagnosed with diabetes! It’s already been more than 3 years, and to this day I still describe my emotions of “the day after” as:
“First came the fear, followed by the anger – and finally the curiosity.”
The diagnosis of type 2 diabetes has been a positive change in my life
Today I know that fear was neither appropriate nor necessary and was possibly a really bad motivator. Actually, I’ve found the diabetes diagnosis to be a blessing because without this warning shot across the bow, I probably would have never made so many positive changes in my life. Listen well, because this is coming from a former smoker, workaholic, gifted excuse maker, and overweight guy. Today I am a passionate athlete, I have learned (and implemented) a lot about nutrition, I feel years younger, I am energetic and fitter than ever. And most importantly, my diabetes is almost gone! Bye bye, Monster! I can say with full personal conviction that a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can be a real opportunity to make a change for the better! The long-term consequences of unmanaged diabetes are not to be trifled with, so take advantage of this opportunity!