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This week, Rhodes is celebrating the 34th anniversary of his diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes - October 10, 1983. He shares a few things he has learned over the last three decades in this video.
We have some additional lessons we have learned along the way that we would like to share with you:
- Find a healthy way to celebrate your successes -- they will carry you through the dark times.
- Try to harness what diabetes management teaches you and apply it to your family, personal, and professional life e.g. physical toughness, mental toughness, overcoming obstacles, being positive, humility, recovering quickly from failure, etc. You may become a better person because of your diabetes, not in spite of it.
- Don't sweat the small stuff. Everyone has good days and bad days. You will have days when no matter what you do right, your blood sugar is high. Stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, can all make blood sugar spike. Just do your best and don't beat yourself up!
- It takes a village to manage diabetes successfully. Ask for help. Your friends and family want you to be healthy and live a full life, so be direct and tell them what you need from them to succeed.