I fully believe that this is the most important podcast episode I’ve put out here. It contains the central point of value that I have been able to offer through LivingVertical content up till this point. It’s also a fitting place to leave the AdventureRx podcast. I won’t be adding new episodes to this feed any longer. The good news is that this isn’t “goodbye” it’s actually the beginning of a new chapter–and the culmination of what LivingVertical started out as from the beginning.

This Episode is about the importance of protecting our identity and keeping the negativity of a medical condition from becoming who we are. I definitely went down that path over the last 5 years in order to try and communicate a different narrative about life with diabetes–and I am thankful I had the opportunity to do it. On the other hand I realized that I have reached a point where I don’t have a lot more to say about diabetes and I’m tired of trying to make everything I do about diabetes. I am going back to the beginning–where diabetes had to be about everything I choose to do and where I choose to go.

I am going to be focusing on adventure and photography–not diabetes. Diabetes will always be in the picture (pun!) but it will no longer be in focus. In a lot of ways I believe that this is less a divergence from the original priorities of LivingVertical and more of a return to them. I can offer no empowerment greater than to demonstrate that life does not revolve around diabetes–in fact that the opposite must and CAN be true. I remain more than willing to field questions, discuss and share what I can–but that will be on an individual basis–so it will be your choice to initiate that as you see fit.

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Music:

all titles and artists can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org

“Poppies” Rolemusic

“By Grace” Podington Bear

“Skipping in the ‘No Standing’ zone” Peter Gresser

“Claus” The Dirty Moogs

“Rolands Vegners” Ergo Phizmiz and Margita Zalite