Today is World Diabetes Day. Today we honor Dr. Frederick G. Banting, who was born November 14, 1891, and who is best known for having co-discovered insulin. Happy 128th Birthday, Dr. B. I’m also wearing my blue in recognition and support of people living with all types of diabetes. We’re all in this together.
Today is the 10th anniversary of my initial diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. My goodness, what a rollercoaster ride it has been. Many things have changed since that day in late December 2008. My diabetes diagnosis chief among them. I actually live with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) or Type 1.5. Wow, ten years. Ten years of knowing, caring, surviving, and sharing. Ten years of knowing that I have two invisible chronic illnesses for which there are no cures. Ten years of knowing that I’m not alone in my fight. That there are millions of others fighting the same things. Ten years of getting to know some of the most amazing people around. Lots of love to everyone…
It’s the last day of Diabetes Awareness Month. I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the #MakeDiabetesVisible Photo Challenge and awareness initiative. It has really warmed my heart watching this idea grow. Thank you all for sharing your diabetes life with the world. The good, the bad, and the completely ridiculous. Lots of love! 💙 Also, I received my first shipment from mySugr today. I’ve been curious about the Accu-Chek Guide meter for a while and want to see if the bundle plan will work for my needs right now. Time will tell.
It’s the friendships with fellow people with diabetes that make this life bearable. Asha Brown, founder and executive director of We Are Diabetes, is one of the best! I’m thankful to count her as one of my closest friends and as a sister.
Some days, my diabetes and GI issues get the better of me. This has been one of them. This cartoon from my archive captures how I’m feeling tonight.