31 Year Diabetes Anniversary

A couple of years ago my dad helped me track down my official discharge records. We always knew I was diagnosed in April, but now I have the actual date.

April 26, 1980 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

It is a date that I mark with tremendous gratitude.  Two generations ago I would not be here today.

It is a date where I mentally recognize all of the hard work, determined effort, humble appreciation, and downright stubbornness that I put forth to live with this disease.

All of you in the Diabetes Online Community are a huge part of what keeps me going.

Thank you!

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Barbara
4 years 3 months ago

Congrats on another year! Many many more to come!

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4 years 4 months ago

Better late than never right? Happy Diaversary!! Honored to know you!!

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4 years 4 months ago

I wish I could know my exact date of diagnosis!!! The hospital I was diagnosed at in Ottawa has undergone alot of changes over the past 20 years. My Mum/Dad due to aging are vague on when I was actually diagnosed – one says 1967 – one says 1968. I just knew I was in Grade 1 at the time – and peeing like a horse and having to hold my shorts up since they kept on falling off of me due to weight loss (I knew I was meant to be a stripper – paint – get your mind out of the gutter).

How young were you when you were diagnosed Scott?

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4 years 4 months ago

Hey Anna,

I was five when diagnosed. My dad helped me cast a pretty wide net to almost all of the local hospitals. Luckily they hadn’t changed much in all of that time.

We couldn’t remember which hospital I was diagnosed at. My mom would have remembered, but she’s not with us anymore. I tried a few on my own, and got very discouraged when I didn’t get any returns on it. My dad helped my work backwards through the first endocrinologist I saw, and we backtracked it that way. We also didn’t limit it to the month and year we remembered, but rather just asked for everything in that year.

It was a lot of trial and error, and seemed to take forever, but we eventually found it.