We all have emotional scars, things that have touched us over the years. The way I see it, we can either let these things define us for the worse, or make them define us for the better. It is no secret that I have Type 1 diabetes, I wear that fact almost like a badge of honour. I do so because I not only accept the cards that have been dealt my way, but I embrace them.
Now, I’m not saying I live in rejoice everyday for being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. There are of course times when I despise having this disease, but for the most part I am thankful for it. For some of you that may be hard to understand, but let me tell you why.
Being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in my early twenties completely changed my life path. At that time I was studying in a completely different industry and if I’m honest, I wasn’t entirely loving it. When I was diagnosed and had to learn more about nutrition and the lifestyle changes that I needed to make, I realised that I had a passion for this area and that what I really wanted to do was help others. I changed my study path and I’ve never looked back. I love what I do and without being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes I would never have ended up here.
I believe that living with a chronic illness myself helps me have deep empathy with my clients. I know what it feels like to be handed a life changing diagnosis and be overwhelmed by the lifestyle changes that need to be made. I have been there and know what they are going through and I believe this is what helps to drive everything that I do. Most health professionals don’t have this personal experience to draw on, so I feel lucky to have this first hand experience to help my own clients. I’m thankful to have this wisdom to share with others and help them through their own tough times.
How have you turned your wounds into wisdom?