On April 4th, 2016, I learned that I had Type 2 diabetes. I had just passed my board exams to become a Registered Social Worker, packed for a guided to tour of China and sent out resumes like they were going out of fashion. I thought I was on my way to leading a meaningful and successful life of helping others and travelling the world. But on April, 4th, 2016, I got a rude awakening. I needed to focus on my health. As I sat at my doctor’s office going through the implications of what this diagnosis would mean to me and the life I plan to lead. I began to realize that I knew the warning signs but didn’t think about them as much as I should have.
Who Am I?
My name is Ro. Before the age of 10, I had lived Germany, Sri Lanka and Canada. As one can see, traveling had been in my life as far as I can remember. Being passionate about experiencing new cultures and ideas, I am also interested in learning about art, health and political events. My education consists of two bachelors degrees in Psychiatric Nursing and Social Work and an associate degree in Arts. I also work as Renal Dialysis Technician in a busy trauma hospital where I have been known to troubleshoot technical problems for patients being treated for kidney failure. As a fledging social worker whose interest in advocating for the better treatment of human beings within society, I volunteer with my local food bank.
Why did I miss the Signs of Diabetes?
Being stressed, moving at fast pace and thinking I would never be that sick were the reasons that I missed the signs of diabetes. Why would I be thinking about diabetes when I could dream about having High Tea in London, England or enjoying Mardi Gras in New Orleans. My health was not a priority. My symptoms of Polycystic Ovaries Disease, dark skin patches at the base of my neck and underarms, being tired and craving for carbohydrates were warning signs for the monumental diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. It didn’t help that I was always stressed as result of going to school full time while working full time as well as volunteering to increase my experience within my field. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my experiences and wouldn’t change it for the world. But I need to make a drastic change otherwise I would end up like the patients on a dialysis unit. Did I mention that diabetes can lead to kidney failure? Yes and I certainly do not want to be on that path.
But why create a blog about travelling?
I created this blog because I love to travel but being diabetic means that I need be more careful . For me, I love that I can leave my daily life for a bit adventure while maintaining my healthy. Creating this blog also means that I am accountable for all of my actions. I have to do what I preach that means planning not to fail while I live my life to the fullest.
So JOIN me on this journey as I learn to manage my illness. If you learn something from this endeavour, I will be extremely excited. If you want to teach me something, I will be extremely grateful. Leave me a comment, a picture or constructive criticism.
Happy Travels from Ro!