20 Years with Diabetes

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20 years ago today, this happened:

Diabetes diagnosis in pink block

Diabetes diagnosis in pink block

My pediatrician obviously had the best doctor’s handwriting but I can make out some of the words.  I can read urinating and drinking a lot, lost 11 pounds in 4 months, no appetite and Diabetes Mellitus.  Yep-check, check, check and check.  I was rushed to the hospital and my life was forever changed. Twenty years with diabetes hasn’t been easy.  But today, 20 years later, I welcomed the day with a positive attitude.  I woke up with a blood sugar of 121 and was then surprised with a visit from my mom and sister sending me flowers.

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After the surprise visit from my family this morning, my hubby surprised me with a trip out to Charlottesville for horseback riding lessons (something I have been telling him I’ve wanted to do for years!).  IMG_4606

The final “surprise” of the day was when my doctor sent me my blood work results from Wednesday early (our appointment isn’t until Monday) and my A1C is 6.4!!!!!! 

I’ve waited TWENTY years to get my A1C BELOW SEVEN and I’ve finally done it! So my day is finishing up with a celebration.Screen Shot 2013-12-20 at 4.20.33 PM

I’ve had a hard time the last few weeks (which I’m hopefully going to talk about soon) but feeling the love from my hubby and family today, as well as, my best A1C ever (and the baby-making approved number) makes things a little easier to handle (despite no cure in the last 20 years despite being told it was coming in 5 years upon diagnosis).  Here’s to the next 20 (and hopefully a cure during that time)!

11 thoughts on “20 Years with Diabetes

  1. Today I received an email that someone had commented on your post from several months ago when you were devastated about your A1c that didn’t break the 7.0 barrier. I re-read that post and shared your disappointment. And then a few hours later to read this post and get to share your joy on celebrating your 20th Diaversary and receiving the fabulous A1c!

    Congratulations and I am so happy for you!!! Also, your husband reminds me of the super husband on the Toyota (I think) ad who is perfect and brings his wife a coffee and a puppy. You look right at home on horseback.

    Enjoy your day and be proud of what you have accomplished

  2. Congrats!!! You’re doing the best thing for you and your future baby by getting your BS under tight control. When I was pregnant I got my A1c between 5.5-5.9, the best that it had ever been in my life. It’s amazing what this new little life does for you. Our daughter was born 8 months ago and is doing so well. You will get there and the 9 months will go by in a flash. You will do it. Keep it up and best of luck.

  3. Yay!!!!!! Look at you, way to go! I’m so happy for you that you finally hit below seven. You have been working so hard and its paid off. That’s a Christmas gift to yourself.! Yippee!

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