I recently posted a quote from Carl Sandburg on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. It said, "Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep." That same day, I had a layer peeled and a few tears fell. I went in for results on some tests I had gotten done before Christmas and found that tests revealed I have Diabetes. The Big D as my pastor said last night when he asked me if I "really had the Big D" and then he stated he HATES this disease.
I do too. I lost my Uncle Harold to it at age 54. My Aunt Edna lived with it for many excrutiating years that included dialysis before she passed away 13 years ago. My parents both have it. My father-in-law has it. My Uncle Johnny has it and it is really trying to take him down. I have friends who have it. It is all around me. And I guess thought I was invincible since I didn't learn from them how to avoid being diagnosed myself!
So, last night in church I claimed my healing from the Big D and I believe God is going to do great things this year. For one, my husband, our children, and I are now eating healthier, exercising, and are going to learn how to avoid this disease. I am determined to lose a substantial amount of weight so that after my healing I will be in a much healthier place and can avoid a rediagnosis somewhere in the future.
In other words, the onion was peeled back and revealed a new layer of life for me and mine. Tears were shed in disbelief, fear, and anguish. In the future, tears may be shed in prayer as I stand on the Word of God that says "by His stripes we are healed" but I refuse to shed any more tears or fret over the possibilities of this disease.
The Big D is going DOWN and my family is going UP in health and wellness in 2012!
I beseech each of you who read this blog post, do yourself a favor today, read about Diabetes and then make sure to live a healthy life that keeps you from ever being diagnosed with the Big D.
Happy New Year and God bless you!!!