The 9th of February 2014 will mark five years of living with diabetes for me. I love the endearing term the Diabetes Online Community have for it – my Diaversary. It’s not something you would say ‘Happy Diaversary’ for. It’s not really a celebration. I mean, who celebrates living with a chronic medical condition for xx number of years? But the more I thought about it, I guess there are some things to celebrate and give thanks to.
Firstly, thank you diabetes for not killing me yet. You’ve thrown some interesting curve balls at me, but I’ve always come out on top. Here’s to another year of whopping your butt.
Secondly, thank you diabetes for making me a stronger person. You have inspired me to get fit and not to take my health for granted. You have also shown me the good (and bad) in everyone and taught me some very important lessons in life. Here’s to another year of mental and physical wellbeing.
Thirdly, thank you diabetes for the opportunities you have inadvertently created for me. Didn’t expect that did you? You ignited that passion in me for wanting to help others. You gave me something to channel my efforts on and subsequently, put my career on track. Here’s to another year of professional growth.
These are only some of the ways that diabetes has made a positive impact on my life. So should I celebrate my diaversary? Some people do. They may do something special every year, or hold big parties for ‘milestone ages’ such as an 18th or 21st. I know many people that acknowledge it but don’t make anything special out of it. But what I would really like on my diaversary, is for someone to count the carbs in all my foods for me; to test my blood sugars and then interpret how much insulin I will need based on that number. People don’t realise the amount of work and motivation it takes to keep our sugar levels in check. Not to mention the frustration that comes from sitting at the dinner table and multi-tasking. Here you are, trying to hold a conversation, count the carbs in front of you, figure out your insulin dose and inject yourself while everyone else has already devoured half of their meal.
So for my diaversary, I would like a day off from all the counting and testing. I would also like for others around me to know that even though it looks like I’ve got it all under control, there are days that I still have no idea what I’m doing.