Today I’m another year older. As I reflect back on the year that was 26, I’m kinda glad it’s over. There were definitely things to be celebrated and achievements I am incredibly proud of. At the same time, it’s been an emotionally tough year. Or as you may put it…’challenging’…
The past year feels like I’ve been jumping from one melting iceberg to the next, desperately trying to stay afloat. I am exhausted and drained, which explains the significant lack of blogging recently. Today was my first day without a hypo in over a week. (Birthday luck?)
As I take a step back, my heart is filled by the support, wisdom and love that surrounds me. I know for certain I couldn’t have made it through the year without my family, friends and mentors being there for me and guiding me through each challenge.
I’ve made some big decisions this year, learned life lessons and experienced revelations. Hopefully this also means that I’ve grown or matured into better and wiser person. Throughout the year, my crazy family and friends have continued to believe in me, even when I had no idea what I was doing. If there’s any time to use #blessed, it’s here.
Today also marks my eighth birthday with diabetes. While diabetes has been a pest, it has certainly influenced my passion, research interests and career. Paving my career within the diabetes world is something I’ve been nervous about. I feared (and still do) that one day I will burn out completely from anything and everything diabetes related.
Yet I continue to be inspired by the diabetes community when I hear their stories. I can feel my eyes light up when I talk about my research and anything to do with consumer engagement, patient-centred care and mHealth technology. There’s nothing else I would rather do than to help people realise that being diagnosed with a chronic condition is not a death sentence.
Although my 26th year has been somewhat challenging, the road ahead isn’t going to be smooth sailing. I’m excited to see what being 27 has in store for me and that I have used up all my bad karma points. Here’s to new adventures, growth and more cat snuggles!