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With Diabetes, Healing Takes Time
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I have had diabetes since 2007, and throughout the years, I have learned a lot about this disease. At first, I had to learn how to accept the fact that I had diabetes. Then, I had to overcome the depression of knowing that having diabetes is now a part of my life. It took a while for me to cope with depression; however, in order for me to live, I had to learn how to take every day one step at a time. Believe it or not, that was harder than it sounds. I learned that in order to “finish,” you have to “start.” 

Taking one day at a time is about setting some time aside for yourself. It’s important for your mental and physical health. My favorite “me time” activity is getting a massage because it’s so relaxing, it’s soothing, it releases stress and tension, and I feel amazing afterward. That’s the one time that I am not glued to my phone or a computer, because that time is all about me! 

Before I became diabetic, I hated working out (I still don’t love it); however, I feel so much better when I do. In addition, when I take time to exercise, my blood sugar is more manageable. My stress levels are down, and I’m maintaining my body. All of this is a part of the healing and restoration process. 

Additionally, when your diabetes is under control, your body processes your healing time better. When your diabetes is not under control, we heal at a much slower rate, which can lead to other health problems and complications. One of the most important things I have learned is that diabetes management is key. It’s not always easy, but it’s very necessary to living a longer life as a diabetic person. Drink your water daily, exercise for 30 minutes a day, take your medication, eat a balanced meal, and you’ll be just fine because you’re not alone. 

There are over 35 million people who are just like us fighting to live and be better than the day before. You’ll often hear me say that there will be good days and bad days; know that it’s OK! The next day is a new day for you to do better, to feel better, and to simply try again. This is our life, and knowing that there are good days makes managing your diabetes something you can be proud of. 

In closing, I challenge you to relieve some stress in your life no matter what, and it’s because stress alone is a silent killer (we already have diabetes, we don’t need anything else to worry about). Go get a massage, take a walk, try a yoga class, try meditating, or a little dancing. Choose whatever healing mechanism that’s going to help you to live another day.

Learn, share, and connect with others on WebMD’s Type 2 Diabetes Facebook Support Group.


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Robin Dorsey

Robin Dorsey

Diagnosed since 2006

A native of the Washington, DC, metro area, Robin Dorsey has lived with Type 2 diabetes for 15 years. She's the award-winning host of The Impact with Robin Dorsey, which airs on DCTV public access and will soon be on Fairfax Public Access (FPA) TV. The show profiles nonprofit organizations, community outreach efforts, extraordinary individuals and celebrity red carpet events. She founded her own publishing company, Dorsey Publishing, and is the co-author of A Mother & Daughter Memoirs of Love, Desire, Pain and Inspiration. She wrote the book along with her late mother, Renita T. Mock. Robin is an Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In addition, she has her MBA and provides subject matter expertise to the federal government. She has administered federal contracts for over 20 years. Her ultimate goal is to make a difference and to help “Stop Diabetes.” She is a proud mother to a handsome son, Darius, who is her biggest supporter and helps her maintain her diabetes.

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