I mean it, really. I'm not rolling my eyes, sighing in exasperation, mumbling sarcastically, "aawwwweeesssooooooommmmmeee."
Having diabetes is awesome, and here's why:
Diabetes forces you to be more aware of your overall health.
Diabetes helps you appreciate the little things in life more.
Diabetes makes you realize the fragility of life.
Diabetes causes you to be thankful for all your other internal organs that DO work properly.
Diabetes allows you to be a part of a community of caring, compassionate individuals.
Diabetes is top-of-mind in the public eye, therefore receiving a lot of funding and research dollars annually.
Diabetes REQUIRES you to pause sometimes, when without it we most likely would not.
Diabetes creates opportunities for us to overcome.
Diabetes motivates you to be the best you can be.
Diabetes forces you to be aware of your surroundings.
Diabetes requires forethought.
Diabetes is manageable.
Diabetes will not hinder you from becoming a star athlete, performer, politician, scientist, doctor, teacher, professional, employee, parent, spouse, sibling, or child.
Sure, diabetes gets a bad reputation (and by some accounts, rightfully so). But it's not ALL bad, and if we all look hard enough, I bet we could extend this abbreviated list exponentially. I've saved my personal favorite reason for last...why I think having diabetes is awesome:
We have the insulin pump.
Keep pumpin' my friends....