Azure Wolfe: Spotlight
Part of the new Chronically Healthy is highlighting amazing, awesome, wonderful people with chronic illnesses. The following was written by Azure Wolfe, one of our friends from Chronically Us. Check out her story below!
My name is Azure and I've been a type 1 Diabetic since I was 5. I struggled with denial, neglect, lack of information or guidance for quite awhile, which led to a mountain of seizures, huge stress on my Mom and eventually blindness in one eye. But, I came to a point where I no longer wanted to merely EXIST with this disease. I wanted to THRIVE. I realized that I couldn't control this disease, I could only manage it but I intended to do it while LIVING BIG. And so, in my 20s I started to get a better grasp of my illness while traveling everywhere, sleeping in cars, climbing mountains, exploring the world and my bodies capabilities while having this disease. Now at the age of 41 I continue to do everything while bringing my constant companion ( diabetes) with me. We don't always get along but we'll never be rid of each other so we manage😊 Diabetes can be super stressful, constant, frustrating, life taking, inconvenient , etc....so one of my most useful tools for calming the diabetic mind is yoga and meditation. It can be done anywhere and since I travel it comes in handy and keeps my mind and body relaxed.
I like to think that having diabetes has given me an opportunity to live in the now, in the moment and not take life for granted😊 Be well, live well, love yourself always ❤