- Emotional swings
- Impact on relationships
- Having to watch what I eat and do
- Know the pharmacist’s middle name
- Stabilizing blood sugar before bedtime to avoid late night reactions
- My fingers are pin cushion
- Always Interrupting daily activities
- Stopping to take care of the diabetes
- Lastly, I hate the cognitive issues that diabetes comes with
Awesome things diabetes has taught me:
- Tolerance for others’ lay attitudes
- Patience to wait to get my wants filled
- The ability to overcome any obstacles that may come my way
- Loving myself for who I am and not what others want me to be
- To get back on my feet when life kicks me to the ground
However, the actual question is: What have I done while having diabetes?
I have overcome a learning disability to follow my dream to become a Diabetes-Focused Psychotherapist. I have traveled all around the world. I am a writer, a poet, a painter, a photographer, a therapist, a friend, a romantic, and a Renaissance man.
Diabetes showed me that I am a man who can do anything he puts his mind too. I am even blogging from a vacation in Turks and Caicos. (See photo from last night above)
In many ways, diabetes has helped define some of my best attributes. Boo Ya
Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE, is a diabetes-focused psychotherapist. His private practice, located in New York City and is also available via Skype. LeBow, who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1977, treats the many diverse cognitive, behavioral, and emotional needs of people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.