Learning to live with type 1 diabetes is a shift in routine, a new way of life, a change that brings on tremendous challenges but also blessings in disguise. What was once simple is then complicated, and what you once took for granted is then very much appreciated. There is no end in sight, and there is no choice in the matter. It’s a new normal.
Here in the U.S. and in many countries globally, we have been forced to take on a new normal as the COVID-19, or Coronavirus, pandemic reaches our communities. Social Distancing means we cannot do things with the ease and freedom that we did just a few weeks ago. We are now learning to work from home, ration groceries and household supplies, and homeschool our kids. We can’t visit elderly loved ones or friends, travel, attend large public events or participate in community activities. It feels very isolating and scary, yet we must continue to live our lives as best we can.
For those of us in the diabetes community, we’ve been through a similar challenge. And because of this experience, we know we will get through it. The new reality will slowly become familiar. We will adjust to our new routines, our ways of connecting with others virtually, and we will come out stronger and more resilient as a result.
As I learned more than 6 years ago when my son Miles was diagnosed, life is completely unpredictable. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on family or work responsibilities or have achieved something great, like coaching a team to a state championship or getting that promotion or losing ten pounds…life throws a curveball. I am feeling this way again, as I’m sure many of you are. But I know that if anyone can adapt and shift and remain strong through this global crisis, it’s us – those of us who already live with the burden of managing diabetes.
We got this, Podders™. Stay strong and be well.
-Amy Drauschke and the Omnipod® Team