If only I had these letters to read when I was growing up. If only I had this advice when I was going through these key points in my life. What could have happened if I went outside more? What could have happened if I had known more about diabetes before? Maybe these letters can help you or someone you know make the right choices in their life.
Dear 12-year-old Me,
For the love of everything that’s good in this world, please get off your butt and get outside. Go outside and enjoy the world. One day soon, it’ll be too dangerous to go outside as kids. Enjoy the outdoors. Run around, ride your bike, be stupid. Enjoy the outdoors. Your activeness now will be a savior in the future.
Dear 16-year-old Me,
Please get some sleep. Stop staying up late. It’s not cool to stay up late. Also, please stop eating garbage. Just because it’s easy to make doesn’t mean it’s good for you. You don’t have the rest of your life to correct your mistakes in life. You have this one life and if you want to live it to the fullest and see everything on your bucket list, stop making these mistakes. It’ll be easier to just not make the mistake than to try and fix it later in life. Don’t be dumb, don’t make those mistakes.
Dear 19-year-old Me,
Please, please, go spend time with dad. Go outside and walk with him. Go downstairs and watch tv with him. I know you want him to be here forever and I know he makes it seem like he’ll be around for a long time to come, but he won’t. Go spend time with him. Learn more about diabetes. Help him with his diabetes. This is your last year with him. What you do won’t prevent him from leaving but maybe it’ll help you come to terms with his death, that at least you tried. Please, just try. For me.
Dear 20-year-old Me,
I’m so so sorry. If only we had made better choices in our life. We could have avoided this diagnosis somehow. Maybe. Here’s my advice to you: DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR MEDICATION. EVER. Take them on time, every time. Even when the side effects seem unbearable, they’ll get better for us. Don’t stop taking your meds and go and get educated on diabetes. Get educated early. There might still be a chance for you to bring your numbers down and maybe even reverse your diabetes, if that really exists. You have a chance. You just need to lose 10% of your body weight and make better food choices. It’s still early on in your diagnosis. You can do this, I believe in you.
Dear Future Me,
I hope we finally got our life in order somehow. I hope we got the baby we always dreamed of having and I hope we’re finally at that healthy weight we’re been hoping for. I’m just starting to retake my life and I hope I’ve made it. Please continue to work hard to keep your numbers down. I have faith in you and I love you so much. I hope we can change our life for the better. I love you.
I definitely encourage you to write letter to your past selves and your future self. What do you wish you could have been told back then? What do you hope for in your future? Maybe it’ll help you come to terms with your diagnosis. Remember, you can never turn back the clock, but you can keep moving forward. You can CHOOSE to keep moving forward. I believe in you and I love you.
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