Today is the 34th birthday of my Type-1 Diabetes – it’s the Dear Diabetes’ diaversary, baby!
You all, I had NO idea up, until a few days ago, that my T1D was turning 34.
Holy smokes, Dear Diabetes is getting old!
I knew she had a birthday coming up.
It’s kind of hard to forget the day. She was born on my sister’s 18th birthday, after all.
But, I think I kinda stopped counting after year 30.
I mean, I’ve never actually been able to celebrate her day.
Recall, she was born on my sister’s birthday. That totally takes precedent.
And honestly, I’ve long struggled with that anyway: is she something to celebrate, or something to berate?
But the other day, I noticed a friend had announced her T1D’s 35th birthday on social media. And it got me thinking. Within seconds I had my calculator out, doing the simple math, and HOLY SMOKES 34 years!
Time to celebrate
Today, I’m choosing to – somewhat – publicly celebrate.
Yes, I spent many of my younger years with Dear Diabetes struggling.
And yes, I have had obstacles and barriers put in my way, so many, even in these more manageable years.
But I’ve also achieved SO much, despite type-1 diabetes and with type-1 diabetes.
I have cycled more than 120 km, up and down mountains, through multiple cities, even on the cobblestones of Belgium – with type-1 diabetes.
I have travelled across Canada, parts of the United States, and multiple countries in Europe – with type-1 diabetes.
I carried a whopping, large fetus in my belly for 37 weeks, and h’oh my gosh it looked like a yoga ball on the outside, and managed my diabetes so completely optimally throughout that pregnancy – with type-1 diabetes.
I was a newspaper journalist and got to interview the most interesting people, and do the coolest things, like eat ice cream for free every single summer, tour the Fraser Valley in a blimp, ride in a stunt plane, nearly vomit in said stunt plane, drive a Zamboni, and be all inwardly nervous in the Seattle Mariner’s locker room – with type-1 diabetes.
And now, I am a registered dietitian, specifically for the T1D community – with type-1 diabetes.
Without a doubt, I would NOT have this career without Dear Diabetes at my side.
So today, along with celebrating my beautiful sister’s birthday, I will also take a moment (and a bite of cake) to celebrate my T1D.
I am grateful for the opportunities this disease has given me, and the friends and community it has allowed me.
Yes, there are definitely days where I curse it so fiercely.
But, if we’re being completely honest, I wouldn’t be me without my T1D.
Do you celebrate your diaversary?
Please note, I have been writing this blog for more than 10 years and some of the comments and thoughts scribed in my earlier posts are not necessarily my comments and thoughts of today. I do not hide from those early posts, as they are part of my story, part of what got me here today.