Diabetic living: facing daily challenges
Only a person living a diabetic life can understand what it felt like waiting for HbA1c result.
To give an idea to all non-diabetic readers here, it feels like same as waiting for your final high school grade that ultimately decides which college you gonna take admission to.
The HbA1c number gives you an idea of how you did well in diabetes management in the past 3 months. It’s a reflection of your discipline and self-control you endured in the past 3 months.
I had Hba1c of 12.9.
I was told to be careful with those numbers and was educated with different complications that may arise later due to these high numbers.
After lots of research, I read about different individuals who were diabetic throughout their lifetime and are completely fit even in their 80’s. These people gave me a completely new understanding of the diabetes management and I learned that if a person living a diabetic life gets successful in molding themselves in their new lifestyle they may live a perfect life even better than normal human beings
Secret of unwavering discipline
I think for any person who is successful or has shown some extraordinary discipline, there is one idea or though which continuously drives them. That one idea revolves continuously in their mind and forces them to take action which normal people like us find difficult to do.
You may have heard about Nelson Mandela.
For those who are not, he was president of South Africa and a recipient of Nobel Peace Prize.
He is known for his contribution in making peace among the different community in his country and not only that, he was an advocate for human rights in all over the world.
Before becoming president, he endured such misery that we can’t even imagine in today’s world.
Born in an apartheid-era where blacks were ill-treated throughout the world and South Africa was not the exception. In this time he brought a light of torch among his community and plant a seed of dream among the community that one day this racial discrimination will all end.
During his struggle in South Africa, he was jailed for 27 years and was subject to do difficult manual labor like his other prison inmates.
27 years!!! Can you imagine how difficult would it be to motivate yourself in the prison.
If I would have been there I would have easily succumbed to hopelessness. But this guy became president after withstanding such difficult situation and later awarded with the prestigious noble prize.
So, was there any guiding principle that keeps Nelson Mandela going throughout the tough times?
Is there anything that transforms the person to achieve extraordinarily?
Can it make us fearless and disciplined towards our lives?
Yes there is a thing and that’s called “Principle Idea/Thought”
If you, at any point of your life, devote your self to your idea, all of your small daily actions will be done according to that principle.
If any action goes against your guiding principle, you will think twice before performing those activities and will ultimately resist doing it.
After Nelson Mandela became president, an interviewer asked him ” how’d you managed to keep yourself motivated in the prison where negativity is all around and there is no scope of hope?”
He said that it was a poem that he used to read every day kept him motivated and gave him the courage to survive all the negativity and hopelessness.
who could have thought that a poem written on a small paper can give someone hope and inspire him with the courage to transform his life?
Here is the poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley that helped him through his pain and anguish
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Another prominent figure that I would like to mention, who have inspired me and to whom I look up to as my inspiration is a boy named Bhagat Singh who is well known in India for his sacrifice.
Till 1947, India was colonized by British and was a victim of extreme plunder and loot, drawing Indian money to Britain. Many groups were coming up to challenge the empire as the resentment among the public was growing.
Bhagat Singh who was just 21 went on hunger strike along with his friends against the British Policy of treating political prisoners.
“What is with hunger strike? Every now and then you may find people going on strike” you may ask.
Well, there is something extraordinary thing happened in the strike. Something that never happened again yet in this world.
The strike went for 116 days!!!
Can you imagine someone of 21 years of age went without eating for 116 days?
How long could you resist to eat?
3 days, 4 days or maybe 10 days and these guys did something which has not been repeated by anyone again, be any other revolutionary or any political personnel.
So what are the driving force that made him achieve something unimaginable?
What was the thing that gave him the courage to challenge might British empire?
It was a just a thought of “Freeing Motherland” that made him renounce his family, his life, his everything to reach his goal. He was hanged when he was just 23 and today on his birthday (28th September) I pay my homage to this courageous leader.
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New Challenges in diabetic life
When I got diagnosed I had Hba1c of 12.9. Being diagnosed, It was heartbreaking for me but with time I started to gain courage and tried to learn about the condition.
My discipline paid off and within a month my Hba1c reduced to 5.6.
Now it’s been more than 5 months of being diabetic and i felt like newly born as my lifestyle is completely different now.
Sure the journey is not at all smooth; fighting regular sugar craving, following an exercise regime was kind of punishment at the start but i am used to it now.
Recently i did my Hba1c test and it was reduced to 4.2
Getting these positive results motivates me to continue my routine and lead normal life.
So what was the thing that kept me motivated?
Do I had any thought that keeps me going through this tough regime?
Yes, there is thought that lingers my mind 24 X 7. It helps me stay away from habits that are unsuitable for me as a person.
So what’s that thought?
It’s the idea of getting complications in future.
I have personally known many diabetics who are suffering from diabetic complications.
I have even seen my mother died midnight due to diabetes-related complications. And the numerous stories i read during my research about what diabetes can do to you have shaken me to the core. The idea has engraved me to such an extent that whatever i do as my daily regime, i start calculating automatically about how it’s gonna affect my body.
Sure, there are times when my numbers go haywire without my understanding but i am learning my body every day and keep doing modifications to keep the desired numbers.