All of us feel sorry for ourselves once in a while. That goes double for those of us who have diabetes.
We do have a serious disease that can be awfully hard on us. The complications of this disease are almost too much to even think about.
But we aren’t alone. If you are as inquisitive as I am, you talk to lots of people who have diabetes. And you will find some who have even worse conditions, believe it or not.
For example, last summer I hiked 132 miles in two weeks on a Sierra Club outing. Four other people made the same High Sierra trek with me, and I assumed that none of them had any physical limitations. Was I ever surprised to learn that every one of them had serious physical conditions — some worse and much more painful than my diabetes!
And this isn’t the half of it. I seriously encourage everyone to watch a bit of Nick Vujicic’s story. Nick is an Australian of Serbian descent.
“He was bitter until age 12, when his mother showed him a newspaper article about a man dealing with a severe disability,” according to an article about him. “It would change his outlook on life. Suddenly, he wasn’t the world’s only struggling person.”
I won’t say any more. Just watch a YouTube clip about him at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc4HGQHgeFE
Life wasn’t fair to Nick, but he is far from bitter about it, which would be about the only thing that could be worse. Life is Beautiful.
This article is based on an earlier version of my article published by HealthCentral.
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