Halle Berry was a tremendous influence on my decision to be proud of being diabetic.
Back in 2004, I received a newsletter from my doctor's office, the Barbara Davis Center, about their annual Carousel of Hope — a fundraiser dinner for diabetes research. At this particular event, Halle Berry received the Brass Ring Award for "her extradordinary contributions to the cause of curing childhood diabetes."
According to the article, Berry "told the audience how she now feels as though having diabetes in her life is a gift, a gift that has given her strength, taught her compassion and given her grace, every day of her life."
Knowing that someone could be proud of being diabetic had a major impact on my life. I realized that I no longer felt regret or shame regarding my diagnosis — that I was, in fact, rather proud of being diabetic, even though I hadn't known until then how to describe the feeling.
Learning to be proud of being diabetic was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I wholeheartedly believe that in order to keep your diabetes under good control, you have to be able to embrace it as a fundamental part of who you are.