25 Years

This Christmas Eve marks 25 years since I was diagnosed with diabetes.

25 years feels like a significant milestone – and that’s because it is. Diabetes has been my “normal” for that entire length of time; I don’t remember what it’s like to live free from its burden.

I accepted that long ago, but still experience some sadness and bitterness over it from time to time. Can you blame me? There are times when I find myself envious of people with diabetes who were diagnosed later in life and have memories that remain entirely unimpacted by diabetes, but when I find myself getting swept up in morose emotions, I ground myself by remembering that (as trite as it may seem) everything happens for a reason. My diabetes story has taken very deliberate twists and turns, whether or not I was aware of them when they were happening. Each and every challenge, all the emotions, and the many experiences and relationships it has brought into my life were bound to happen, and I’m glad that they did because they’ve made me who I am today.

And today, just a few days shy of officially celebrating my quarter-century diabetes diagnosis, I find myself once again being so happy that it’s happening on a day that I will be around so many of my loved ones. I say it every year, but having my diaversary on a major holiday makes the celebration that much more special to me. The day is always more about spending time with my family than it is about diabetes. Instead of sadness, I feel joy in the reminder that diabetes can’t and won’t overshadow Christmas or any other day for that matter.

So here’s to 25 years of a life enriched and uninhibited by diabetes – and many more to come.

2 thoughts on “25 Years

  1. Oh damn it someone else gaining on me. Ok, look I know you are gaining on me. But all that means is that i need to live until June 21, to get my lead back. So there you go, challenge accepted. I am dedicated to get to my 49th diaversary. Now back to planning the 50th. I am thinking a parade? I think the judge who gave me 10 days in jail for my 25 diaversary parade is likely retired by now. It was a simple parade I went naked around my house 25 times. I was arrested on trip 17. Sheryl would not post bail.

    Are you going to go around your house naked 25 times? It is the best way to celebrate.

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