Last week, we celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi- an important festival in the Hindu tradition marking the birthday of Lord Ganesh. I was thrilled to be invited to give a short performance of traditional Kathak on this occasion. Just a few hours before the programme, my sugar was a soaring 450. As I wondered what had caused this erratic spike, I gave myself insulin and hoped that I would regain my lost energy soon. I was tired and I knew it wasn’t advisable to perform with such high sugars. The stage and lights were set. 200 odd people were expecting me. I couldn’t possibly cancel the show at this point after giving my word.
So I went ahead and performed- definitely not the best decision. I wondered whether pushing myself was really worth the applause and praise I received at the end. It was one of those days where my Diabetes took the best of me and left me so exhausted, physically and mentally.
I made a vow to myself that day- I would never compromise on my health for anything. It dawned on me that taking care of my Diabetes was undoubtedly more important than keeping my word. To respect your body and cater to its needs is not a sign of weakness, but of strength!
Diagnosed with type one diabetes in 2008, I struggled to accept this new life. However, I soon started a nonprofit to create a community of people with T1d in my hometown in India. I finished high school in May 2014 and have been on a gap year since. I will be attending college this year and am very excited about my transition. In my free time, I read and study an Indian classical dance called Kathak.