Since my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, I’ve been hearing about people who celebrate their “Diaversary” – the anniversary of the day they were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
The day my son was diagnosed is very vivid, as well as the hospital stay and events that followed.
While everything changed drastically that day, I no longer think of it often – diabetes is just part of our everyday life now. My son was diagnosed at 20 months old so he does not remember life before diabetes. It just is.
The Diaversary Celebrates One More Year of Kicking Butt
I usually forget the date of my son’s diagnosis, then I will hear about someone celebrating their diaversary and I am reminded. That happened recently and I realized the day had come and gone without me noticing.
When cleaning some shelves, I came across the calendar I had kept that year. There were all the typical notes of a working mom, a doctor’s appointment and a few diabetic notes that I remember writing when we were calling different places to figure out what to do.
The rest of the year was empty. There were many things for me to write and follow, but I had no idea what they were at the time. There was only one thing to focus on for the remainder of that year, and that was accepting diabetes.
Do You Recognize Your Diaversary Or Is It In The Past?
I threw that calendar away in my office clean-up as I had no need for it, and I do not want to live in the past.
For us, our diaversary isn’t a momentous date on the calendar.
While we don’t focus on our diagnosis day, we do focus on other milestones. A better A1C, an insertion site taken to the stomach, being brave for the annual blood draw for testing, overcoming a bad stomach virus… The list goes on. Sometimes our triumphs are diabetes related, other times not.
There are many opportunities to celebrate your triumphs over diabetes. I think you have to find what works for you and your child. Just as every diabetes case is different, the way you celebrate the milestones will differ as well.
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Relieve some of the anxiety you feel whenever your child with Type 1 Diabetes heads to school for the day.
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