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Saturday 4 October 2014

Anniversaries and Diaversaries

So, this past week I celebrated not 1 anniversary, but 2. I am so proud of myself, but there is a lot more to it than just celebrating it.

My first anniversary I celebrated was 1 year at my current job. 

Now, 1 year at a job is sort of the average for me. Please note, this is not something to be proud of. I just had a few crappy jobs and had to change quite a few times, but that is not the story now. 

My first thought when I realised this was "where the hell did this year go?". I keep thinking to myself I am still new and I don't know anything, but I did two exams and busy preparing for my third and I know how to do most stuff in the office. FYI I am an admin assistant at a university in the exam office. 

This made me think back on the passed year. In my personal life I had quite a few challenge to face and stuff to deal with, but I honestly have to say that within my job I experienced a very boring year. I am not going to apologise if I offend someone, but that is how I experienced it. I had very high stress and fast paced jobs previously and now it is so quiet that I am actually stagnating. My colleagues will not agree. I dared voicing this at a mini-meeting with our big guy once and I was not popular. I got the eye.

Don't get me wrong, I am thankful for my job. Very. It just made me think a little about what I am doing. What I am trying to say is that years pass so quickly and I think it made me think about life and what do I want to do. I am not going to go into details, but what I am going to say is we should grab each day and don't let a year pass and you are stuck in "wow, wait, what happened".

Lets move on to cooler stuff. But first the bad part.  

On the 3rd of October in 1986 a little 10 month old baby's parents got probably the worst news ever. They were told their little girl has Type 1 Diabetes. That little girl was me.

Yesterday, 3 October, I celebrated my 28th Diaversary. It is my Diabetic Anniversary = Diaversary. I NEVER thought of this day like this. I never actually focused on this day. It usually came and went and I would think "ok, another year". But this year is different.

I got in touch with a diabetic community that changed my whole perception on our "situation".  They have been there even without always knowing, carrying me through difficult situation and just supporting. I feel blessed and cared for. It is so important to have a support group like this. You can find the Facebook group MadeULook for a cure here:

I celebrated the fact that it has been 28 years. I celebrated the fact that I am healthy and only saw the inside of a hospital twice because of Diabetes. I celebrated the fact that I have friends and family that really cares for me and just want to see me healthy. This makes my heart happy. 

It took me so long to come to terms with my Diabetes and I am really at a happy place. It is difficult, I am not going to lie. Here is some interesting bits for you... 

In my lifetime I have had:
approx 32,120 shots
to prick my fingers 30,660
(My meds have changed over the years so I worked on averages and estimates and it is probably more, but not less. That is for sure)

I need to start "over" everyday, but I set goals and before this year ends I will have perfect readings and a healthy body. That is my promise to myself. You see, next year I am turning the BIG 30 and I am really looking forward to it. It is exciting times! Then it will be my 29th diaversary.

I am so optimistic and positive and I want to make a difference. I will be doing a whole Diabetes series in November on my YouTube channel. I am considering blogging it as well. I think I might. I am planning a fundraiser as well and I hope it all comes together.

We are heroes. I am a hero. You are a hero. Whatever you are fighting remember you are strong! We can do it.

I saw this once and had such a laugh but this is exactly how I see myself:
I am a Diabetic, what is YOUR superpower?

Remember this and carry it close to your heart:

I will speak to you soon...or sooner!

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