I was talking with my mother the other day. She and my step-father run their own business and have been having some trouble with a client. While I was talking with her, I kept saying, "I just hate to see you have to deal with this!"
And she said this to me, "There are people all over the world who have problems that I don't want. They deal with earthquakes and tornadoes and floods and sickness and many other horrible things. Even you; you live every day dealing with diabetes. I am just glad to have my problems. I don't want to deal with the problems of other people. I'll keep mine, thanks."
When she said that, I thought to myself how right that was. I have diabetes. I've had it most of my life. I live with it every day, every hour, every minute. But I am so very lucky. I have so many things that I am thankful for. And I certainly don't want anyone else's problems.
It was a reality check for me. My mom tends to be good at that.
It's a reminder that, even with diabetes, we have much to be thankful for.