The day I learned that I am an insulin-dependent diabetic, the world has collapsed around me. With the little information, I had about the disease I thought it was the end.
8 years later, I’m still here. My analysis results continue to be very satisfying and more … I TRAVEL. And especially I travel alone.
Here is my story …
GOOD FOLLOW-UP AND CONFIDENCE IN OUR ARE THE KEYS OF SUCCESS :
I was lucky to have an excellent diabetologist to follow my case. I will never forget his words: “Diabetes is like a dog, if you take care of him he will become your best friend, if you neglect him he will end up biting you and it will not be beautiful to see.”
That’s what I started to do. I took care of my diabetes and made it a rather light companion to my travels.
And the surprise was that when I travel, I am, squarely, at the best of my health. My sugar levels are getting very normal. To believe that the trip is one of the best cures that I could apply to my diabetes: I walk a lot, do not deprive me of local dishes and sweet little whims that I ended up burning with the sustained activity of the trip.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH YOUR DIABETES
If like me you are diabetic and you ask yourself questions about how to combine your passion for travel and the perceived constraints of your illness, here are my tips for you. This allows me to travel often, and alone, without depriving myself, without feeling embarrassed by my diabetes.
Advice to share also with your entourage. Maybe that would encourage a friend or relative to realize her dreams of travel.
USE PENS INSTEAD OF SYRINGES
Pens can stay out of the fridge for 15 days, especially if you are not traveling in a place where it is too hot. A good alternative to syringes, which would allow you to move with even more freedom.
TO DRINK A LOT OF WATER
This applies to everyone and even more so to diabetics. Always have one or two small bottles to keep you hydrated. Only in this way can one engage in travel activities, many of them walking, without suffering.
ALWAYS TAKE SWEETS WITH YOURSELF
Sometimes as a diabetic, there is neither the time nor the reflex to act at sudden hypoglycemia. We must develop the reflex to inform those around him, in the youth hostel, his neighbor of transport or his companion of activity of his state. Think to do it in a good mood, said, “If you see me falling in the apples, file me a bar of chocolate. Do not worry, it’s just my body that makes me chocolate crises! “
It should be known that the only obstacle in life could only lie in our attitude towards what we imagine to be an obstacle. This applies even more for the disease.
As a diabetic, I learned to listen to my body more and can now understand and support myself naturally. He has become a valuable companion who knows how to warn me of my own limitations and help me overcome them in balance. An incredible chance!
One day I took my diabetes by the hands and instead of that it becomes an obstacle, it became an engine. A motivation to go beyond my limits, get out of my comfort zone and go off to satisfy my dreams of discovering the world.
I would almost say THANK YOU to my diabetes to exist!