Fifteen years ago, when I was twelve years old, my family was given some seriously life-altering news. I've written about it here, in a guest post for a friend's blog. :-)
Carb counting, insulin, finger sticks, ketones, fear of complications, sick days, and strategizing with specialists have all been part of my life for fifteen years now.
I'm thankful for the technology that makes life with diabetes a little bit easier, and hopefully longer. I am lucky enough to have a top-of-the-line insulin pump and CGM combo, and am glad that I can anticipate a relatively safe diabetic pregnancy (relative to past generations). I'm also thankful for the support of my husband (we refer to support people as "type 3" or "type awesome" because they live with it almost as much as we do), and of a few wonderful diabetic friends. I'm also thankful that the diabetes online community (DOC) is active and awesome, and that they are making real strides in increasing awareness and fighting the stigma of both types of diabetes. All in all, despite not yet having the cure we've been expecting for YEARS, it's a pretty good time to be a type 1 diabetic.
I usually acknowledge my dia-versary with an "oh, yeah" moment or a facebook comment, but fifteen feels like a big deal.
I think I'll make some cupcakes. With sprinkles. :-)