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Falling In Love.

I have had diabetes for over 21 years.  Memories of life before diagnosis are scarce - just snapshots from years that were so few in numbers. 

Life has always included, for better or for worse, diabetes.  It is my reality, a part of my life that doesn't stop my world from spinning but does give it a decidedly dilgent tilt.  My family has always loved and accepted me, and I am very lucky for that fact.  New relationships, be they friendships or romantic ones, have always been laced with that slight fear of "Will they accept me?  All of me, including this condition that I manage every day?"

In many ways, I have been very lucky.  I have had the benefit of friends who love me for who I am and who also keep juice boxes in the glove compartments of their cars and find squashed "emergency" granola bars at the bottom of their purses. My employers have been understanding and patient with my scheduled doctor's appointments and my food items stashed in every desk drawer (sometimes in other people's desk drawers, too).  I am so grateful for these people who make my life exciting, fun, and accepted.

But now I stand here, barely three months from my wedding day, engaged to a man who has not only been patient, understanding, and compassionate with my diabetes, but he's made it a part of his life.  It's something we manage together - whether it's a middle of the night low blood sugar, our constant encouragement towards physical fitness, or his arms around me when I'm feeling crummy - and I feel so blessed.  I never feel like I'm carrying this burden by myself.  Knowing I have his support makes such an impact on my health, and my happiness.

We will make our vows to love one another in sickness and in health.  And I know, in my heart, that we already do.

Happy Valentine's Day to the man I love, and to my friends and family.  And to you out there in the blogosphere, for being part of a support network I could have never dreamt of but am so honored to have in my life.

Happy Valentine's Day from Chris.

Comments

This is beautiful. I always have that nagging fear any time I date someone. Finding someone who accepts diabetes is hard. I'm so glad you have found Chris. It gives me hope that I will find someone too.
The roses are beautiful, by the way. :)

you have a good one, and so do i! Happy Valentines day ker!

I think Chris will cry when he reads this ;)

Happy Valentine's Day!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY KERRI!
Hearing that you have such support in your life gives me hope that it is possible to achieve what you have! There is bound to be someone out there that will care as much for my diabetes as i do!! You have found that which is awesome! Thanks. Happy VDay!

This was better than the peanut butter from last year (which I posted about today). Your love story with Chris, gives little 16 year old me the hope and confidence that in the future there will be someone out there that can accept and love all of me, including my diabetes.

Happy Valentine's Day to the cutest and most inspirational couple out there!

*perfect*

Happy Valentine's Day to you, Kerri. Best wishes to you for much happiness to come.

Yeah, Chris is pretty great. I feel like I get to know him a little bit by his posts over at thatsfit.

With exercise and nutrition playing such an important role in living well with diabetes, you are very lucky to have found someone that cares as much about it as you do to share your life with.

We are also grateful that you share so much of that with us through your posts.

Happy Valentines Day Kerri. I think we are all very fortunate to have each other for support and love. That is what truly keeps us all going. You are a lucky woman to have such a wonderful man like Chris.

That's incredibly beautiful, Kerri. You are both very fortunate to each other. Love is just amazing.

How can someone I don't even know bring a tear to my eye? Thanks, Kerri, for again reminding me what's important in life. I wish you the best in everything you do.

It's my prayer that my son finds (has found) what you and Chris have. Pass the kleenex...

When are you going to make me stop tearing up at inopportune times?

This was lovely...

What a beautiful tribute to your hubby to be!

Unconditional love is awesome.

I can already imagine people will weep at your wedding when you exchange your vows "in health, in sickness". Maybe you can stuff the kleenex in your bouquet. Smile

It will be a day of celebrating your special love.

Happy Valentines Day!

i remember a girl who used not believe in valentines day, it was quite sad really, thank god for girls like you who know how special a day it is.

You've hit the nail on the head, Kerri. That is exactly what I hope to and pray that I'll find one day in a husband: someone who does it all with me, who lives the diabetic life and doesn't just leave it all to me to figure out. I'm so tired, emotionally and physically and mentally tired, of doing it all myself up to this point. I'm very glad for you; that you have a husband who understands.

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