As someone who has struggled with anxiety, I know how challenging it can be to speak out and ask for help. Growing up with type one diabetes has been one of the greatest challenges I have had to face, but also one of the greatest gifts I have been given in my life. It has granted me the knowledge and awareness of how the everyday choices that I make have an affect on my health, both physically and mentally, it has allowed me to meet so many incredible people in the community and has guided me to live out my passion in life to help others.
For many years, it was an uphill battle living with diabetes. I was living in denial and this possibly took an even harder hit on my mental health than my physical well-being. It wasn’t until I finally came to accept this disease that things started to click and instead of trying so hard to work against it, I was able to gain control of my health and my life.
I have become a huge advocate for speaking out and sharing your own personal story. It has been one of the most liberating and humbling things I have done. In doing so, I have been able to build connections with people around the world who understand exactly what I have been through. Being vulnerable and candid about my own struggles with diabetes I have created an open space to speak out, to learn and grow, and as well have been able to help others through their own challenges. I have also gained strength and confidence in myself to live a healthy, positive life.
Whatever you may be struggling with, know that you are not alone. There are people who love you and who are willing to help you. Reach out. Speak out. Your scars are someone else’s signs of hope.