It’s that time again! A new year is coming and this is a good time to clean up the mess from last year while we prepare for the arrival of the new year. This is also the time to evaluate our health. Did you take care of yourself this past year? I did my best, but I didn’t always get it right.
I wanted to take the time to re-post this letter I wrote a few years back to a dear friend. I hope you find some encouragement and dear friends, take care of yourself in the new year!
This post below was originally posted December 30, 2013.
From One Diabetic Sister to Another: A Love Letter to Ms. Ida
Dear Ms. Ida, how many times have you been in the hospital since Thanksgiving? Three or four times? I would count the trips to the emergency room, but I can’t. I’ve been watching you. You know Facebook makes it real easy to keep an eye on fellow diabetics, right?
Before I go on, I need you to know that you’re a lovely woman. You’re a retired educator like me, which endears me to you even more.
As for the nature of this letter, well, it is my love letter to you. I think my friend Mother Love would agree that you need the kind of loving that will help you make informed decisions about your health. I know you’re married to that good-looking man and have a host of friends and family supporting you, but the kind of loving I’m talking about is you loving you through this difficult time. In my mind, you’re just too pretty to let diabetes get the best of you.
So here is some loving advice:
- Embrace your inner Divabetic and manage your diabetes like our girlfriends in our head, Patti Labelle and Mother Love. I’ve seen your picture, so I know you are fabulous but we want you fabulous and healthier.
- Reduce your stress and find some recreation that enables you to move your body and keep your mind in a peaceful place. Ms. Ida, I know you understand the importance of meditation and prayer. Did you know you can walk the mall and pray too?
- Go out and buy yourself some new cookbooks, honey child. You need to get some new recipes that will move you towards a healthier existence and even taste good. You should also organize your kitchen to accommodate that diabetes like Chef Harris said.
- Find ways to treat yourself without using food as a reward for managing your diabetes. Follow some of this spa advice, okay?
- I wrote about the 7 ways I manage my diabetes, I’m going to challenge you to be mindful of your own ways. Buy a journal and nice pen to write out your thoughts and even some goals for managing your own care.
- You probably know by now that people are not always the most considerate to a diabetic, which is why I need you to be stronger and correct them when they want to say something wrong to you. Sweetie, you’ve got to stand up for yourself.
I know none of this is easy but I do believe that God can give you the strength to do the right thing by your own body. Ms. Ida, I think you’re swell and I have the faith to believe that you are going to fight this thing with all of your might. And you’re going to do it to show yourself a little love.
Take care of yourself and I’m keeping my eye on you. Besides, we have a glorious new year to walk into together. Love you and hugs.