Friday, October 31, 2014

Diaversary: THIRTY-SEVEN Years Of Living With Diabetes ~

37 years ago, today I was diagnosed with t1 diabetes and it blows my mind when I stop and think about it. There are days when I'm driven to tears because of diabetes and there are days when diabetes pisses me off. And there are days when it doesn't.
Diabetes has been consent companion and my biggest nemesis all rolled into one. 
Every October 31st, I try and the focus on the positives in my life and my life with diabetes, by creating a list of positives, because that's what helps me get through the day. 
Remembering that I am incredibly blessed to be the little girl who not only lived, but grew up to be the woman who continues to be become, is what works for me.  
THIRTY-SEVEN Positives, in no particular order~
1. After 37 years with diabetes, I’m still here & I didn’t always think that would be the case.
2. I’ve learned a lot .
3. I'm still learning.
4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - I LOVE THEM.
5. My nieces and nephews - I love those 12 individual works of art more than I can articulate.
6. Speaking of nieces and nephews: A to Z.
7. Lipstick - It’s my little pick me up.
8. Lipschtick - Because laughing keeps me sane.
9. Short acting insulin. 
10. Insulin Pumps.
11. Spicy food.
12. The fact that I can eat spicy food.
13. The ocean - Every single time I need to re-group, the ocean helps me to do that. 
14. My friends kids: They make me smile and laugh and keep young. 
15. The Diabetes Online Community - Without you, I don’t know what I’d do - And I LOVE & APPRECIATE you all so much. 
16. Having enough cream for my second cup of coffee this morning - Seriously, little things mean a lot.
17. Music in all dimensions.
18. Learning and attempting new things.
19. Colors: Blues, purples, greens, yellows, oranges and reds. 
20. Hot showers on cold mornings.
21. Blue Fridays.
22. Cupcakes and the fact that I can bolus correctly for them 9 times out of 10.
23. Gardening - I love to garden - I love to tend/take care of things and help them grow - Same goes for people.
24. Black leather boots with an interesting heel. 

Seriously, who doesn’t LOVE black leather boots with an interesting heel?!
25. Sparkly things~
26. Achieving Blood Sugar Nirvana after eating a shitload of carbs.
27. My CWD crew.
28. Looking so good in the color red that I actually have to be careful when I wear it - it’s not fair to everyone else. ;)
29. Books. I LOVE BOOKS. 
30. Parallel parking is one of my magic powers - How many people can say that? 
31. A proper cup of tea.
32. A really nice glass of red wine every now and then.
33. Puppies. 
34. Dogs.
35. My friends - I’d be so lonely without them and I'm incredibly blessed to have them.
36. My parents - I miss them but I was REALLY lucky to have them.
37. Being my mother’s daughter - My mom was the strongest & most beautiful woman I've even known and I was so incredibly blessed to have had her as my mom and friend~
37 years of living with type 1 diabetes 


Dolores said...

Congratulations! I love lipstick and red wine too :)

Araby62 (a.k.a. Kathy) said...

And did we ROCK?! :) <3

Tammy said...

This is awesome. Thank you, I needed that today. And on a separate note, you are insanely gorgeous!

Scott S said...

I always cringe on what to say for diabetes anniversary. Congratulations? For what ... being inflicted with an incurable disease? No. Happy anniversary? Its not exactly happy if we're still living with this stinking disease, is it?! So, as I think is appropriate, I will just say I honor your anniversary - the fact that you're still alive and reasonably well deserves recognition, but its not something I think deserves congratulations for the reasons I've already mentioned.

StephenS said...

I'm so happy you're here and setting a fantastic example for all of us (in all dimensions). Thanks for being so helpful. I'll have a nice glass of red wine in your honor tonight.

Mel@TwiceDiabetes said...

Congratulations on kicking d's a%$# for 37 years. That list really resonates with me, red wine, lipstick, laughter, what's not to be grateful. I'm planning for my 50th diaversary in 5.5years time, gonna party I think. :)

Anonymous said...

I love your list! Your strength inspires many of us. Happy diaversary! -Jason