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Updated: Jun 2, 2022

The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about.

People tell me that God allows difficult things to happen to us to build character. Boy, have I gained character over this past year and a half. I have had a severe case of COVID, broke my knee and elbow (at the same time), had surgery on my elbow, dealt with getting an insulin pump, was admitted to the hospital with Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and a suspected heart attack, and once again in July, I am redoing the surgery on my elbow.

The most profound thing I have faced is my recent hospitalization. I recently started using an insulin pump, and due to user error, the pump did not work correctly. I got very sick. DKA is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body cannot produce enough insulin. My pancreas does not make any insulin and relies on the pump to provide the insulin.

While in the hospital, one of my blood tests indicated that I might have had a heart attack. After many tests, the doctors found that my heart was healthy, and I did not have a heart attack.

I have been overwhelmed with medical issues. I have attempted to remain strong and win the battle. Most of my friends and family know what I am going through but may not realize the emotional toll it is taking on me. Through God, I am winning the battle!!!!

How do you deal with overwhelming emotions?

1. Be aware of your emotions and reactions.

2. Express your feelings in appropriate ways.

3. Think before you act.

4. Manage stress.

5. Strive for balance.

6. Take care of your physical health.

7. Connect with others.

8. Find purpose and meaning.

Today I encourage you to take care of your physical and emotional needs.

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