today is my 12 year diaversary. for those who are not hip and cool with the diabetes lingo, that means 'diabetes anniversary' or 'the day i was diagnosed with diabetes' ... 12 years ago. and back in the day, mom would get me a red velvet cake to celebrate this day. (cough cough) ...just kidding mom. ;) because yes, when you have diabetes, you do what everyone else does. celebrate anniversaries with sweets. DUH.
it doesn't seem like 12 years ago. it feels like yesterday. i never really have crazy emotions in either direction on this day ... but i do think, holy crap. i've lived with this for 12 YEARS. that's insane.
i remember dr. awesome telling me, 'in five years or so they'll have a cure.' yeah, that happened. but hey, my pump works for me. and my dexcom changed the control i have of my blood sugar for the better. we've come a long way in the last 12 years.
so i won't say i can't complain ... because i could be one of those people (come on. we all know who those people are who complain about everything NO MATTER WHAT, even when you can think of a million things worse than what they're complaining about) to whine about how awful this disease is and how i have to deal with it 24/7/365, but that won't do me any good. so i suck it up and do what i have to do. by now, i'm used to it. it's not even an extra thought, it's just a part of my life.
i've come a long way in 12 years, diabetes or not. started college, graduated college, had a few jobs (some better than others), became an aunt to a nephew and a niece, bought a condo (wish i could say sold a condo), went to vegas, went to mexico, went to disney world, met an amazing man, was diagnosed with graves disease, got engaged, had my thyroid removed, and we're planning a wedding - all with diabetes. it's not a show stopper. life goes on.
thanks to everyone for all the support, hugs and laughs over the past 12 years. here's to many, many, MANY more - with or without the disease; in case someday they really DO find a cure.