Diabetes Anniversay

By AuntieBear Latest Reply 2011-09-20 15:28:21 -0500
Started 2011-09-18 03:33:26 -0500

September 12 was my 3 year anniversary of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Some people tell me I should do something to celebrate my anniversary and others say I should be ashamed of my anniversary and not tell anyone about it. As for me, I noticed that it was my anniversary, but did nothing to make the day memorable or hide the specialness of the day. Mostly because I did not know of a good way to celebrate it. How do all of you handle your diabetes anniversary? Do you celebrate it? Hide it? or?

24 replies

Thomas508 2011-09-20 15:28:21 -0500 Report

I remember the date but I didn't do anything to celebrate, not sure if I even thought anything about it. There is no reason to be ashamed! The only thing you did wrong was pick the wrong parents and since you can not control that, don't worry about it! The people who say you should be ashamed are the same ones who say we did this to ourselves and they have no clue that diabetes is more genetic than anything. They don't understand how a skinny person can have diabetes and never even stop to think about the lazy, very overweight people who never get it!

grandmaducky 2011-09-19 16:57:33 -0500 Report

i don't remember when i was told so i dont have a anniversary lol it just something to that i live with just like i live with striaght hair lol

tabby9146 2011-09-19 11:28:39 -0500 Report

I don't do a thing, and it kind of makes me sad to think about it every every year. I remember the date every year, and I am sure I always will.

AuntieBear 2011-09-19 01:40:39 -0500 Report

My numbers are ok, but not as tightly controlled as I want them. But I am working on it. So it is an improvement over how my life was three years ago. Thanks everyone for talking to me.

redcamel 2011-09-18 22:58:09 -0500 Report

I don't celebrate it I just live with it. If I have had diabetes for 10 plus years and no ill effects then I must be doing something right. They say type 2 if left untreated you can go maybe 8 years before you get problems. Not to say don't get treatment but with meds etc diabetes can be just a nusanse not a life or death issue

Carol2x 2011-09-18 17:50:42 -0500 Report

Don't be ashamed of it. Those others are idiots and know nothing of diabetes. Keep your numbers under control and watch what you eat. But, better to have known and gotten it under control, then not know and suffer organ failure because of it and not knowing.
You could think of the anniversary date as the date you found out and started getting it under control. A positive thing.

granniesophie 2011-09-18 14:45:42 -0500 Report

I don't remember the exact date in December 2006, but I do remember the diagnosis as part of a string of events that led to the mother of all panic attacks that put me in the ER the evening of Jan 1, 2007 with what we thought was a heart attack! When everything finally settled down and the doctor figured out it wasn't, he said with everything that was happening in my life right then, no wonder I'd had such a huge panic attack!
That date I will never forget and never celebrate!

FLDawn 2011-09-18 10:23:22 -0500 Report

The hell with those who say be ashamed…how DARE THEY…are you doing better? Have you lowered your BS at all? Are you eating better? I see you asking questions about things better for you so I say CELEBRATE…you can kick it yes you can…we did not get it overnight so we have to be patient. HUGS

shamare 2011-09-19 16:52:27 -0500 Report

I agree with FLDawn and Carol2x. How dare anyone try to guilt you for taking care of your health. My only problem would be trying to celebrate with an ice cream cone, which I know I shouldn't

MEGriff1950 2011-09-18 09:44:18 -0500 Report

I do not remember the dates I was diagnosed. Yes twice was told I had it, was told no I did not have it then it was confirmed that I am a diabetic. The date I will remember is August 2, 2011 that is the day I became insulin free. For a control date is much more important.
God bless,

Marytea 2011-09-18 08:58:08 -0500 Report

Please do not be ashamed of diabetes. Life is a chronic condition well managed hopefully and it sounds like you are working hard at it. I am coming up on my 6 month anniversary. Although I may not throw a party, I will probably treat myself to a movie or some new clothes. I have worked hard to be better and am healthier than ever before. Choose a joyful life.

MewElla 2011-09-18 08:34:51 -0500 Report

Soon, I will be coming up for 19 months since diagnosis. For me, I am just thankful I have managed to get this far with diabetes control and feel better than ever. This I celebrate…

GabbyPA 2011-09-18 08:32:01 -0500 Report

I can't say that I celebrate my date, but I certainly am not ashamed of it. It is what it is, and this disease strikes all kinds of people from all kinds of lifestyles. I was just the lucky one on the day I found out. My 4th year anniversary comes up next March. Maybe I will take my hubby to a movie and we can hold hands. No carbs included. LOL

jayabee52 2011-09-18 03:43:18 -0500 Report

I don't remember the month or day of my Dx. It was in 1995. Actually I already suspected that I had diabetes so when my suspicions were confirmed it was almost anticlimactic. So the anniversary passes by for me un-noticed.

dIDYMUS 2011-09-19 12:28:00 -0500 Report

I don't remember either. I guess I could look it up by my Dr. date, but I really don't care. I am not secretive, but I am private and don"t go around telling everyone. I don't think it is any of their business, and I know some pretty gossipy people. I just don't care to celebrate this. I like to save that for happy, memorable occasions.
Just me. So if you celebrate, go for it! I guess that it can be looked at as a success or an accomplishment. That could certainly be celbrated.

dIDYMUS 2011-09-19 12:28:58 -0500 Report

I wish I had spell check. celebrated.

jayabee52 2011-09-19 16:59:03 -0500 Report

If you use the Mozilla Firefox browser it WILL spelcheck your entries on DC. I used my son's computer which had Firefox on it and it did spell check as I typed responses on DC. I now use computers in the apt complex's computer room so I must use what is on the computer. They won't let us download new programs onto the computers. I am just thankful I have access to them.

besther414 2011-09-18 04:14:30 -0500 Report

I don't know the exact date either. I do know it was late July/early Aug 2009 when I definately found out I was diabetic! It pretty much goes unnoticed over here also.