Do you remember the exact date when you were diagnosed with Diabetes

By wasted.wonder Latest Reply 2014-05-10 13:51:20 -0500
Started 2014-04-27 11:47:14 -0500

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on 14/08/98 : ((
16 years and counting …

Also do you celebrate your DIA - versary ??

71 replies

kmk1968 2014-05-10 13:39:05 -0500 Report

It was 35 years ago on October 10th 1978 when I about 10 years. I was scared . I am type 1. And I am growing tired of it !!!

JanKay 2014-05-03 15:12:50 -0500 Report

I remember like it was yesterday. I had never been sick, it seems, in my life—-only had the "childhood diseases, like chicken pox, and measles, in summer vacaton, so I almost never missed a day of school, was in every club, organization and activity, from elementary cherleader to high school drill team. But, one summer vacation, 12 years old, I had just recovered from the mumps, and I got all the "classic" symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, was constantly tired, thirsty, and lost a lot of weight. As soon as we got home,Iwas diagnosed—August 1960. Started insulin, finished high school, college, graduate school, taught for 32 years, and I received the bronze medal from the Joslin Clinic or being on insulin for 50 years in 2010.

wraithmb 2014-05-04 01:08:03 -0500 Report

Kinda reminds me of something someone said when I was diagnosed… "Sometimes it just gets triggered by trauma". I had just had a massive ear surgery about 6 months before I was diagnosed and had symptoms for 3 before getting checked. This person figured the ear surgery started it…

wasted.wonder 2014-05-03 21:13:43 -0500 Report

Wow. Super like. Diabetes deflated all my grit and resolve in just 16 yrs (actually I got deflated in the first 6 months, this I believe is the bonus period). I really think I could take some tips from you. :))

Liorascs 2014-05-02 08:35:59 -0500 Report

30 January, 2009. I remember it was a Friday because my doctors office called me just before their office closed for the weekend. So I had to wait until Monday to schedule classes and everything. Did a lot of research that weekend. Then the following week I went to see a dermatologist for another issue and found out I had skin cancer. Not a good time.

EricaMarie 2014-05-01 21:11:19 -0500 Report

March 24, 2013 I remember mainly because it was a month exactly before from my 19th birthday and a few weeks from my Senior Prom. I had the symptoms for at least a week maybe even longer than that. Friends realized I was losing weight and I had been peeing a lot more than normal. Then I started becoming so thirsty I slept with water bottles and was up all night peeing I googled and realized I probably had type 1 but didn't know for sure. It got so bad to where I couldn't barely walk to the bathroom. The morning before I went to the doctors I literally couldn't stand up straight and held on to everything and anything for support into my parents room and just kept repeating I needed to go to the doctors. After being there within minutes they diagnosed me with type 1 diabetes and I had to stay in the ER for 3-4 days before I could go home.

wasted.wonder 2014-05-03 21:04:11 -0500 Report

I had exactly the same symptoms. I remember sometimes I used to take 2 toilet breaks in a 40 min lecture. Once during an exam, my professor followed me to the toilet to check upon me. LOL

All this time I had not been diagnosed and therefore had become a laughing stock in my class. :)

tabby9146 2014-05-01 17:36:13 -0500 Report

I think the date was nov. 8th, but it was definitely first week of Nov., 2008.

wasted.wonder 2014-05-03 21:17:15 -0500 Report

8 days in first week of November 2008!!! when did that happen? I am gonna sue my boss for paying me only for 7 days. Lol kidding ; )
Thanks for sharing.

Chefzoom 2014-05-01 14:21:55 -0500 Report

My Type 1 diagnosis came on 20/05/96. My 18th DIA-versary will be coming up in a few weeks. But no, I don't celebrate it. I'd sooner celebrate my OTH discharge from the Marines.

wasted.wonder 2014-05-03 21:22:59 -0500 Report

Great. Never heard of a marine with type 1. I was rejected from army in medical tests due to type 1 diabetes. Take care and wish you all the best. :))

Chefzoom 2014-05-03 22:39:26 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed after I left the Corps. My lifestyle changed drastically after leaving the service. Apart from having been court-martialed, for a trumped up charge which depressed me to the point I became a binge drinker, I also sought refuge in food. Plus I wasn't exercising. I went back to school, culinary school no less and tried to pick up the pieces of my life by being around the things I liked. If I'm gonna eat, I might as well try and make a living out of it. A doctor told me I was hyperglycemic but didn't explain to me what that meant. A couple years later, showing some stages of early diabetes (frequent urination, funny feeling and slightly discolored tongue) one of my sous chefs said I had a kidney infection and that I should drink lots of cranberry juice. I had tons of cranberry juice in my dry storage room that I binged on that! CJ has a lot of sugar in it! Needless to say it made my condition worse. A few days later my staff had to call an ambulance for me. I was in so much pain, I literally begged the EMT to put me out of my misery. I was in denial after my diagnosis and really crashed hard in '99. Since then, I've taken care of myself in every possible way. That picture of me with my dog was taken in 2012 after my 52nd birthday. 90 pounds lighter than I was about 10 years earlier.

harry1 2014-04-29 21:58:40 -0500 Report

Okay for my 10 year anniversary I'm going to run buck ass naked down the road yelling "woohoo I'm a diabetic" then stop and wait for the men in white take me to the nut house. Just joking

Mindy82 2014-04-29 17:40:30 -0500 Report

Yes I do. However, the only reason I remember is because the day I got out was my mom's birthday and I spent 7 days in the hospital

wasted.wonder 2014-05-01 01:21:00 -0500 Report

7 days. Omg!!
still, you made the day more special for your mom. :)

Mindy82 2014-05-05 20:13:05 -0500 Report

Actually, my mom was kinda depressed cuz she felt bad that she was eating cake in front of me when I'd just been told I couldn't have those kinds of foods any more

msann 2014-04-29 14:08:54 -0500 Report


wasted.wonder 2014-05-01 01:09:14 -0500 Report

In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In diabetes, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
Take care :)

GabbyPA 2014-04-29 07:10:31 -0500 Report

The date, no. But the day yes. It was Easter Sunday in 2008. I had a feast ready for the family and my mom had a meter and I decided to test. OMG 301, and that was before the meal.

jayabee52 2014-04-29 23:24:08 -0500 Report

I don't remember the date, but I was working in an ER as an Nurse's aide. I found a bottle of pee strips in a closet and decided to check myself. The strip turned the color which corresponded to 300. Of course those things are not exactly precise. I told no one about it until we got medical insurance about a year later, and then I got officially Dx'd. I really at that time had no idea as to what the waiting might mean for me in the way of complications. I really wish I could go back and redo that and start taking care of my diabetes earlier. Maybe I wouldn't have the complications that I do now. .

GabbyPA 2014-04-30 14:57:53 -0500 Report

I was fortunate. Even though I didn't even have a doctor at the time, I was able to get an A1c, and start making changes immediately when I found out. My mom being a diabetic really gave me a step up in the right direction. It was 9 months before I got a doctor to tell me what I knew already and you guys here taught me so much.

wraithmb 2014-04-28 09:06:21 -0500 Report

You know, us diabetics should make our own holiday. We can call it diagnosis day, and anyone that eats healthy and sugar free gets a paid day off… July 2nd is the halfway point for the year. I'd imagine someone has been diagnosed every day of the year, so we should take the middle for fairness sake?

It would be great wouldn't it? Buffets of healthy foods, with nothing but sugar-free desserts…and a free salad bar! It'd be a hit wouldn't it? Lol. Everyone that checks their sugars before they eat gets 25% off…

wasted.wonder 2014-04-28 15:10:06 -0500 Report

good idea. and one could himself decide the D day… and it should be a paid leave. if one calculates we end up paying quite a bit of our earnings to the pharma companies. i think they should pay for all this stuff. and also some kinda scholarship for kids who keep their HbA1c under 7… something of such sorts to boost the kids.

wraithmb 2014-04-28 15:47:33 -0500 Report

Scholarship from the pharmacy companies… That's a great idea… Paid leave all the way, but I do like the idea of it being for everyone as long as the day is spent being healthy. That way even the "normies" get a chance to see what we go through. Maybe even make the day tax refundable…? That might get complicated though…

TX gal
TX gal 2014-04-28 00:50:07 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed 12/18/63. This is also a cousin's birthday, AND the 12/18 is when I graduated college. Yes, we celebrate LIVING with diabetes and have for the last 20 years. When I was diagnosed, my parents were told I would probably not make it to my 40th birthday, Fooled them! ha ha!! Unfortunately, this year, when I reached 50 years of LIVING with diabetes,, there was no celebration due to an unusual upper respiratory infection.

harry1 2014-04-27 19:28:55 -0500 Report

10/17/06 went for my cdl physical did not pass due to diabetes

wasted.wonder 2014-04-28 03:23:53 -0500 Report

this is the worst part. when one fine day you are branded as physically incapable. i mean for T1 this is a very rude shock. i was an athlete and use to practice almost 6 - 8 hrs everyday since i was 10 yrs old. none in my friends, relatives, family was even close to me in terms of fitness. then one fine day i get D out of the blue, and the docs start giving me lessons on how to stay fit. in medical terms a diabetic implies a diseased body. i mean… what is this ??? had to make so so so many compromises, shied away from situations, got rejected from many jobs for no fault of mine. and it does not end there, it goes on and on … and on in some form or the other. i believe there are 2 worlds out there, one being the physically fit world and the not so fit one. this social stigma eats up a T1 D more than anything else. the foods and calories can be controlled, but what about the stress/ frustration related BS ?? not everyone can be mentally tough all the time.
sorry for going overboard, but just could not hold back. : ))

haoleboy 2014-04-27 15:34:17 -0500 Report

7/6/07. I know this only because I have all of my lab reports.
Nothing special about the day and certainly no reason to celebrate.

dagger1234 2014-04-27 14:43:46 -0500 Report

It's on my profile. I was diagnosed November 21st of 2014. Not sure what ima do per year or months. Kind of sad disease.::+} or to be happy to celebrate it..

wasted.wonder 2014-04-28 00:30:18 -0500 Report

Haha. Nov 2014 ??? Really, you must be back from the future : D

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-04-27 14:10:00 -0500 Report

I might be off a day or 2, but it was the last day of my freshman year of high school. 6-6-87. I don't celebrate it, its just another day

wasted.wonder 2014-04-28 03:02:47 -0500 Report

i was dx in high school as well. it was a great heart breaker. i remember i was in my chemistry class and saw my parents outside. i was baffled as they had never dropped me or picked me from school. i knew something was not right. just as the bell rang, i was taken to a nearby clinic and… surprise surprise. LOL. and the joke continues till date : D)
sorry it is out of place… but just wanted to share

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-04-29 09:09:39 -0500 Report

I've been thinking lately of going back and getting my original paperwork to see what all my numbers were. Seems like I was told that their glucometer topped off at 1000, I just want to see how bad I started from.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-30 10:56:11 -0500 Report

I wish I knew what my Dr's topped off at. I just know he told me my reading topped off his meter and he didn't tell me what it was, just to get to his office ASAP.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-27 12:22:37 -0500 Report

I have no idea what the exact day was, just the year. I don't celebrate my birthday so I know I am not going to celebrate being diagnosed. It is not the least bit important to me. Do you celebrate?