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My New Normal

Dr. Laura:

Much of my life (even as a kid), I've been a strong, energized, creative and independent thinker.  I lived life in the moment, and when I did not, I looked mainly forward, and seldom back.  Then five years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  My family and I took it in stride, and even my teenage daughters dealt with it soundly and calmly.

But slowly, something shifted in me.  I became anxious.  I began to doubt myself and my abilities, and I sweated every problem ad nauseam.  Managing my diabetes became more difficult and depression set in.  I was frustrated at my inability to be able to do everything to a standard that I had always set for myself.

In the last two years, I've found a new "norm" of well-being and happiness.  I resigned as a department head of the school where I teach, and I took a leave of absence to take care of myself and my family.  Now I'm back to living in the moment, day by day.  I cleansed myself of the negative people in my life, and instead found people who bring joy.  I've delved into cooking, gardening, golfing and most significantly, being the best wife and mother I can be.  

It sounds so simple and sounds like a cliche, but it's so effective.  If there's a listener out there who can be helped by my story, I'm happy for you to share it.  


Tags: Character-Courage-Conscience, Health, Hobbies, Mental Health, Values, Woman Power
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