You deserve the benefits offered by the Type 2 Diabetes Community Network! It’s time to start leaning on other people with type 2 diabetes… people who are more than happy to help.
By now, you may have begun to accept the fact that you really do have diabetes, and it’s a great time for you to connect with other people who are in the same boat. We are committed to a new approach called T2DTM (Type 2 Diabetes Team Management). Why? Because it delivers excellent long-term results that extend beyond diabetes and blood sugar. Surrounding yourself with a strong team will benefit many, many areas of your life, as it has for a lot of people in this CommutaVie community.
When you are able to hear “me, too” in response to something that is taking place in your life, it can instantly make you feel better. Even though you’re aware that a lot of people have type 2 diabetes, you may not know anyone personally who is struggling with the condition. Because of that, you can find that you feel very alone, and that can be a frightening and uncomfortable place to be in. While you are not able to make your diabetes go away, knowing that there are other people to talk to about it is one of the best ways to start feeling more in control.
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I agree with what I recently heard from a person who I respect. He said, “We are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with.” Think that over. Really spend some time considering that, and letting it sink deep down on the inside. Do you agree? If I surround myself with positive, encouraging people who invest in helping others, then I will raise myself to that higher level, with their help. Everyone wins in that kind of situation; because everyone helps each other grow and develop. The people in the group all become the best they can be.
With that in mind, reach out and establish a closer connection with your T2D Team Mentor. This mentorship relationship can be a highly valuable resource for you as you learn to control your type 2 diabetes and enjoy your life in spite of your condition. Ask a lot of questions within the type 2 diabetes community network. Share your concerns, fears, mini-failures, and small victories. Share everything, because that is how you learn to trust another person to help you along your journey. Making a real connection with someone else can matter a great deal, and can help you get past setbacks and issues that you face with your diabetes.
You can even get through other areas of your life more easily when you talk to your T2D Team Mentor. As you find the strength to manage your diabetes and control your blood glucose (BG) levels, you will also find that you have strength to control other parts of your life. That could lead to big changes in your life and your relationships, making you happier, healthier, and more resourceful. That can take some time, but you will generally find that it is well worth it and will provide you with a high level of value in the way you look at the world. Just knowing that someone is there is empowering, and can raise your confidence level.
Until you actually step off the ledge and share the hard stuff with an encouraging person, you will never know how many incredible blessings come back to you, often one hundred fold or more. I was not there personally, but I once read that “the sea did not part until Moses actually stepped into the water…trusting that God would make something miraculous happen.” If you do not believe in miracles, it may be time to start. There are both small and large miracles that happen every day, and if you pay close attention to them you may find that a lot of them are directed at you. Always stay positive, because how you look at things can change the things you look at.
We want to help you, right now – today – to replace an old habit with a new habit. You can do that. Developing a habit takes a little while, but you will grow so much and find that it is well worth it once the new habit has been established. We want to help you replace “sit and worry alone” with “trust and tarry with your team”. Tarry means work. So…Trust. Work. Reap the unexpected rewards! In this case, the work is reaching out to your T2D Team members and your T2D Team Mentor. It’s understandable to be worried, but that does not mean you have to worry and fret all by yourself, alone in your house with no one to help you.
There are people who care for you, care about you, and want to see you succeed. Talk to them. Reach out to them. They will be ready to help you anytime you need it.
Networking with other people who have diabetes is one of the best ways to come to terms with the disease.
*** Thanks to Gretchen Becker, a very talented author and thriving person with type 2 diabetes who wrote the book, The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide… I pulled some inspiration from her book as I wrote this post.
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