Exactly 6 years ago today I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. There are 2 different terms that are used to describe this day: Diaversary and Diabirthday. It varies from person to person which term one uses. For many years, I used Diaversary because I considered the day more of an anniversary of my diagnosis. Once I heard the term Diabirthday, I started using it. The day I was diagnosed with diabetes is the day my life changed completely, and it is almost like a birth.
Some people celebrate their Diabirthday, but for me, it’s more of a day of reflection. I look back at the day everything changed and see how far I’ve come. And I sure have come a long way!
In 6 years:
- I have tested my blood sugar approximately 17,520 times
- I have given approximately 13,140 insulin shots
- I have lowered my A1C from about 9% to 7.4% (A1C is a blood test that shows the average blood sugar for the past 3 months)
- I have gone from throwing up at hearing the word “blood” to entering my first year of nursing school
I really don’t know what my life would be like right now or what career I would be going into if I wasn’t diagnosed with diabetes. This isn’t to say that I don’t have bad days where I get frustrated with it all. Days that no matter what I do my blood sugar doesn’t want to cooperate and I feel terrible. Days that I don’t want to poke my fingers or give another shot. But I’ve made it 6 years. Happy Diabirthday to me!