Dr. Beverly S. Adler
January’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast guest, Dr. Beverly S. Adler aka”Dr. Bev”, shares this blog post on what it means to be BRAVE living with diabetes:
The irony about being brave is that first you have to feel afraid, but despite your fear, you don’t let it stop you.
Nelson Mandela is quoted for saying: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Taking that first shot of insulin is so scary to many people. It produces so much anxiety and fear. Even though there is no other choice when you become insulin-dependent, that first shot can be overwhelming. Consider the story of Cherise Shockley, a contributing writer in my book, “MY SWEET LIFE: Successful Women with Diabetes.” This is an excerpt from her chapter on facing the moment of taking her first insulin injection:
“My obstetrician-gynecologist decided he wanted to be in charge of my overall diabetes care. I went home from my appointment with a bottle of insulin and a few syringes. I told Scott that I had to give myself an injection. He asked if I needed help and I told him no. I stood in the bedroom with my shirt pulled up and the insulin drawn in the syringe. I looked at myself and looked down at my stomach. I told myself that I could do it. A few minutes later, I was still standing in the same spot looking in the mirror, telling myself I can do it. I never had to stick a needle in anything, let alone myself. I didn’t want to hurt the unborn baby that I was carrying. I called Scott into the room. I told him I was scared. He wrapped his hand around my hand. I said, ‘On the count of five, we are going to inject the insulin.’
’1-2-3-4, I can’t do it. I can’t do it. Scott, I’m scared. I can’t do it!’
Scott calmly replied, ‘Yes, you can.’
I said, ‘Let’s try it again. 1-2-3′ I paused. ’Scott, I can’t! I’m too scared!’
Ten minutes later, Scott and I were still standing in front of the mirror holding a syringe full of insulin. I was freaking out; he was very calm
Scott said, ‘Cherise, I’m going to count to five. Then I will insert the needle.’ I closed my eyes. Scott counted to five and injected the insulin into my stomach. I survived my first insulin injection with the help of my husband!”
Cherise’s experience living with diabetes, from her first insulin injection in April 2005 to the present, empowered her to be brave. When she became insulin dependent she found her voice and began blogging about diabetes hoping to inspire and help other people with diabetes. She founded DSMA (Diabetes Social Media Advocacy) to bring the diabetes online community together for a once a week chat about all things diabetes, support, awareness and education. She ends her chapter in my book by saying that she is a stronger person because of her diabetes. I would say stronger and brave!
BUY NOW: MY SWEET LIFE: Successful Women with Diabetes http://www.amazon.com/My-Sweet-Life-Successful-Diabetes/dp/0984525491
LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite inspired by Sara Bareilles. Guests include Patricia Addie-Gentle RN, CDE, Dr. Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE, Poet Lorraine Brooks , SONY Music executive Jeff James, Mama Rose Marie and Mike Lawson from San Francisco, CA. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/divatalkradio1/2014/01/14/diabetes-roundtable-inspired-by-sara-barielles