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A Quarter Of A Century

Twenty Five years ago today I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. 

Since that Monday evening I have had insulin injected into my body by either shots or insulin pumps. I have pricked my finger and attempted to manage this disease all 9125 days.

For many years my management was horrible and almost non existant. Finding other people with diabetes online made all the difference in the world. As did the new medicines and devices I use.

Still my life is not what I planned for it to be. Diabetes forced me to travel down a path I was not prepared for and has continually made that path difficult, but not impossible.

Twenty Five years doesn't feel as great as I sort of hoped it would. It only brings up the sad moments I have had and the fear of what the future holds, or doesn't. 

In my life, diabetes makes the future less mysterious and all the more scary. 

Happy diaversary to me.

Reader Comments (10)

Thanks for sharing your d-life with the rest of us. Even though I haven't known you for 25 years, just the short time since we've met online made a difference in how I live with Diabetes. (And finally meeting you FOR REAL last year was incredibly wonderful!)
Happy D-Day and I wish you great health and happiness!

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Happy 25. It turns out I'm only a few months behind you. We'll go through the ups and downs together. Be well. You're worth every effort.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStephenS

I get it. Type 1 for 49 years :( :)

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkarend1

I hit 25 years last month. This diaversary brought a lot of mixed emotions for me.

I owe you an extra hug next time our paths cross.

October 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAuntly H

Sending big big hugs to you. And yup, I totally get it.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren


Speaking as a reformed non care-er (yes I know that is not a word) 25 years is pretty great. I have made it 41 and I feel fortunate. I spent about 20 not caring and not taking care. I hope you have 75 more.


October 7, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrick phillips

I guess this is a date that deserves acknowledgement (I "celebrated" my 39th T1 diaversary this year, so next year maybe I can celebrate 40!) but congratulations are not in order, because you should have been cured 30 years ago!! So, I salute your anniversary but I do not "celebrate" it!!

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterScott S

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July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMegha Das

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