Do you mark the Anniversary, You first knew you were Diabetic?

By pixsidust Latest Reply 2015-10-04 13:47:49 -0500
Started 2012-02-17 23:20:30 -0600

Yesterday was my One Year Anniversary with Diabetes.
Its the day when the words the Doctor spoke changed my life.
Of course Diabetes was not the only thing wrong.
With my bad eating habits came High Cholesterol and Triglycerides.
I think I was more afraid of that than the Diabetes
after all they said I could have a stroke any time.

My Grandpa had Diabetes.
We were not blood related but it was not foreign to me at least.
I cooked for him. My grandma and grandpa raised me.
He went from Metformin to insulin shots in his 80's.
His legs looked awful…so many wounds, splotchy in appearance
that never healed but… he lived till he was 88.
I stayed by his side till he died, giving him my love and permission to leave us.
He had Alzheimers in the end but knew me perfectly.
I called him Daddy…He was the only Daddy I knew.

Lots of things occurred.
My eyesiight went haywire after a week on meds.
My glasses didn't work
The advise was to hold on, it could return to normal and it did…
I got to experience lows and the lightheaded feeling of fading away.
I learned to shop for balance and taste.
I learned what cheating can do to you.
I got nauseated from my meds and had the trots
I experienced the misconceptions and ignorance that people have
I was helped and then blamed by my family
Truth is I blame myself, but still need a little kindness
when I can't walk comfortably or am feeling sick.

I learned that I cannot take care of the world
and not take care of myself.
I learned to plan and take hold of my day
Rather than the day just happen to me
I learned that I grow when I give to someone else.
I learned I can still be meaningful and make a difference
I learned to be sensitive to how I feel and listen with my inner voice
I learned that I cannot do this alone…

I learned that I needed all of you.
Do you mark the Anniversary, You first knew you were Diabetic?

70 replies

Yerachmiel 2015-10-04 13:47:49 -0500 Report

My 54th sweet-versary will be in around a month and I'm planning a birthday party of sorts for other diabetics to see that one can do it

Yerachmiel 2015-07-22 09:50:25 -0500 Report

My wife and I had the doctor who diagnosed me 53+ years ago as a guest for the weekend a year ago (he was with a person I've known since I'm around twenty - friends of my parents). He spent most of the time just watching me, and finally told me he was completely amazed that I've made it this far.

I'm thinking of having some sort of semi-large party for 54 years (entering 55th) as a teaching tool to people starting out and/or somewhere on their journey. [anyone have ideas?] [anyone close to boston, MA area]

Jan8 2012-02-21 16:31:10 -0600 Report

Yes it was om New Year's eve 2 yrs. ago

pixsidust 2012-02-23 00:17:31 -0600 Report

Does a little voice remind you of where you have been these two years
what you have learned and how far you have come?

Jan8 2012-02-23 04:22:08 -0600 Report

I hear a little voice(a Memory) of people saying Happy New Year,I was in a coma-like state and I would have said yes the first year because I was a type 2 on metformin and felt great. The second year, the doc told me with this kind of Diabetes it always turns into Type 1 and have not felt well since.I don't mind the testing or the injections but I feel much worse on insulin I have lost over 50 lbs. Was heavy from prednisone.

pixsidust 2012-02-23 04:25:43 -0600 Report

you are beautiful. Being somewhat new why did they say it turns into type I ? Does that mean your pancreas really quit altogether?

MewElla 2012-02-20 13:45:13 -0600 Report

I just had my 2 year anniversary since diagnosed with diabetes. It is not a day of celebration but a day of memory and thankfulness that I have had to turn my life around if I wanted to stay as healthy as possible. I have made many changes in the last two years and they have resulted in me feeling better, good lab reports and A1c. The diagnosis was my wakeup call to take care of myself and it is a lot of work ea and every day but I am so worth it to ME…

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-19 20:39:01 -0600 Report

No, I don't mark the day as it doesn't do any good. I don't celebrate it or have a pitty party. I do remember when I was diagnosed, as I have juvenile diabetes and that packs a punch at the time.

pixsidust 2012-02-23 00:14:45 -0600 Report

No I do not take you as a pitty party type of person. You are a bright and sensible woman! I just found myself saying to myself, today was the day a year ago, and taking assessment of what I learned and experienced. Perhaps in time I won't give it another thought but my first time…I did think Wow so much has happened

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-23 16:53:42 -0600 Report

This is because you are so new, and yes that day will get replaced with life in general if you let it:) I remember just thinking at the time, will I still be able to be the athletic person that I was. Yes, I was still able to just with some extra precautions. Things are sooo much easier now with the advancement with diabetic supplies that nobody should really worry if their life as they know it will end.

Lizardfan 2012-02-19 14:11:31 -0600 Report

I don't mark the day, just remember the time of diagnosis. November 2000, I think it was a huge wake-up call for me. I have learned a lot and gone thru some changes in that time as well. It definitely changed my life!

Jeanae 2012-02-19 09:07:53 -0600 Report

I have not had an "anniversay" yet but I think I will. Because of that diagnosis I totally changed the way I eat, exercise, look at life… I am in a better place now and my family is also much healthier now because of the changes. The diabetes also helped me grow closer to those who are supportive and have the courage to weed out the ones who are negative. So now that you mention it… I think I will be celebrating this year. Thanks!

pixsidust 2012-02-19 13:35:15 -0600 Report

Its not a celebation rather than a remembrance. You feel like you have come so far. So many things happening to you

Jeanae 2012-02-19 15:02:52 -0600 Report

For me it will be a celebration because I am so much healthier now and the diagnosis brought my husband and I much closer together. Plus I choose to celebrate life- all aspects even the bad. So it will be a remembrance and a celebration.

robertoj 2012-02-19 01:57:10 -0600 Report

I don't specifically mark the anniversary but it was in December 2008. I had gone to the pharmacy to pick up my asthma meds. I was puzzled by the second package that contained a meter, test strips, lancets, metformin and glyburide. I told the clerk that there must be a mistake and I went home without them. When I got home I got a message from my doctor saying my bg was 439 and I needed to get my diabetes supplies. I have to say that I am proud of the fact that I passed the holidays without eating any sweets or having to fight cravings.

CaliKo 2012-02-21 17:35:41 -0600 Report

Mine was December 2008, too. I don't remember the day, just that I didn't know what to eat through the holidays and the trip to the in-laws. My classes began in January, and I too, have totally changed my eating and exercise habits. I'm much healthier now.

2012-02-18 22:10:51 -0600 Report

Mine was easy to remember. My mother had just gotten off the phone w/my older brother after receiving the news that her 1st grandchild was a girl. About 30 minutes later I get a phone call from my Dr saying that the tests came back and all were conclusive. I became a diabetic the same day my niece was born. Friday, April 21, 1995. It will be 17 years since I was diagnosed.

pixsidust 2012-02-19 13:32:26 -0600 Report

Amazing how events tie themselves together. My great grandpa died the day Kennedy was shot. I was in second grade and sick. I had thrown up on the sleeve of my coat. I had to wait for my grandpa to get me. The teachers were all watching TV about Kennedy. That night my great grandpa died. I remember praying to God and looking for Angels

camerashy 2012-02-19 01:50:38 -0600 Report

I was 16 and a senior in high school. Who wants to celebrate being a teenager and being told you'd be sick for the rest of yiur life.

2012-02-20 14:40:15 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed 12 years later. And believe me whenever you get that diagnosis from your Dr I don't care what anyone tells you or says. It's a life altering disease. And it's one that your stuck with for life. It's either 1 or 2 things. (1) Either diabetes has a hold on you, or (2) you got a hold on diabetes. The choice is strictly up to you. And I hope that you camerashy, you have a hold on it.

2012-02-21 17:27:37 -0600 Report

You & me both. No matter what I try, or what I do, nothing sees to go the way it's supposed to go. I, too, can't stay consistent.

pixsidust 2012-02-19 13:23:08 -0600 Report

I never said celebrate just mark the day. I remember where I was and how I reacted. Now in reflection I remember all the things I have gone through in a year…

camerashy 2012-02-19 16:00:16 -0600 Report

I can't even mark the day - I kicked it out of my mind, and think as hard as I can, I can't remember the exact day.

Young1s 2012-02-18 19:33:44 -0600 Report

I'll celebrate in some way because the date I found out was around the same time that I quit drinking. And since both are the reason I am living a clean and healthier lifestyle, I will honor that.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-18 18:54:20 -0600 Report

I do not mark the day I was informed that I have diabetes because it really isn't important to me. What is important is taking better care of myself.

pixsidust 2012-02-18 18:57:09 -0600 Report

Good points

Nick1962 2012-02-18 19:25:38 -0600 Report

Agree with Joyce, something I'd rather not celebrate.

pixsidust 2012-02-18 20:16:51 -0600 Report

I do not celebrate but this is my first Anniversary. It struck home in the kind of way D day or 911 does. You mark the passing but without the Joy

Nick1962 2012-02-18 20:28:45 -0600 Report

I can understand that and believe the last year was a year of learning, and the next a year of conquering. I really have to give you kudos for putting so much wisdom in this post. My personal favorite "I cannot take care of the world
and not take care of myself".

pixsidust 2012-02-19 13:37:50 -0600 Report

I am the one who takes care of my family and friends. So many have relied on me to always be there for them. Then I get diagnosed and the rest is history. As James here has drawn the corelation that you have to put your oxegyn mask on first to help others on the plane

jayabee52 2012-02-18 14:22:30 -0600 Report

My official Dx of DMt2 was a bit of an anticlimax, because I already "knew" I had it.

I had an opportunity to "borrow" a urine test strip while working as a CNA in an ER. I used the strip and discovered I had a BG in the 300s (as close as it would measure). Because we were struggling financially and didn't have insurance I said nothing to anyone about it. My wife (at that time) had eventually gotten a job where medical insurance was part of the benefits. That's when I got to a Dr and got officially Dx'd. I don't remember how long it was between the time I peed on the strip and the time I got officially Dx'd (my memory of those early yrs in LV is now a bit fuzzy) I think it might have been 1½ ti 2½ years. So I really don't remember either of the dates when I confirmed what I suspected (when I dipped the stip into my urine) or when I was officially Dx'd. Since I can't remember either date I cannot mark the anniversary.

The first year you learned a lot. My first year I learned much also, unfortunately I didn't put it into practice until much later.

I have learned so much more from this site than I had from both of my diabetes and diabetes and kidney disease classes. I have likened those classes to trying to take a drink from a firehose opened full on! It didn't work all that well for me. This is much better for me and my style of learning.

Thanks for sharing that with us Christy!

pixsidust 2012-02-19 13:41:50 -0600 Report

The day is marked for me because I had to race back to the doctors office to get meds for my triglycerides (1051). They were really afraid for me. That fear made me afraid and I said my good byes to people just in case

Young1s 2012-02-19 18:06:14 -0600 Report

But you could still mark it with joy because look at how far you've come since then, how many lives you've touched (here included) and how many people/spirits you've uplifted with your beautiful words.

jayabee52 2012-02-19 18:04:45 -0600 Report

a Lot was going on for you then! Have you got your Trigs under control?

Hops 2012-02-23 07:33:33 -0600 Report

On my 40th anniversary as Type1 I celebrated the occasion hiking with family and friends in the Rocky Mountain National Forest. If you rather not celebrate it helps to have a respectful ritual.

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