Tell your story: inspire others and allow yourself to heal

While we all share the same diagnosis, we each have our own story. Within this story, we remember the day we were diagnosed, from the little detail...

While we all share the same diagnosis, we each have our own story. Within this story, we remember the day we were diagnosed, from the little details like the layout of the doctor’s office to the life-changing words spoken that lead to the start of a whole new way of living. These thoughts have created and molded a story that you might think are concrete, yet we are here to tell you that those stories are as fluid as water and can be reshaped! 

With a new diagnosis comes hundreds of questions, like How did this happen and Where did I go wrong? Among these questions, there are new tasks that are nonetheless challenging. A newly Diabetic must turn into an expert overnight and learn how to understand their most ideal blood glucose level and readjust their diet and lifestyle accordingly. 

However, with all the questions and the terms that one searches to answer and understand, most claim that the toughest task is easily the first one: accepting their diagnosis and telling others. But, why should we share our story? 

Well, that explanation cannot be better explained by anyone other than American inspirational speaker and life coach, Iyanla Vanzant who claims, “It’s important that we share our experiences with other people. Your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else. When you tell your story, you free yourself and give other people permission to acknowledge their own story.”

The verbal act of telling your story to others helps one make sense of why certain events happened the way they did. However, it is once one shares the same story over and over again does the process of reshaping that story begins.

It has been said that one can make sense of who they are from telling their story, but no one said that you can not readjust that story to create the best version of yourself. 

So, as difficult as the path you walked was, you have walked it and now it is your time to look back and readjust and reshape your story! 

Here are a couple of tips in order to help you rewrite your story: 

  1. Examine your habits - pay attention to the negative habits or the habits that you want to change. Once the negative habits are identified, take note of them and start creating better ones.

  2. Practice the new habits on a daily basis - remember, this is for you! So, don’t go easy on yourself and remember that every day matters. 

  3. Start taking risks - it’s comfortable staying in our comfort zone, but this is where most of the negative habits also live. So, throw off the blanket and jump out there! Only once you get out there can you start getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. 

  4. Strengthen your inner circle - Pick up the phone and call that dear friend you have been meaning to call for ages now. Once you start surrounding yourself with good people who love you, your rewritten stories will grow in a new and nurturing environment.