When Is The Party?

A while back I attended my uncle’s 50th birthday celebration.  It was a big deal.  The party was held at a big banquette hall at a local golf club, and there were TONS of people there.  Many, many family members, as well as friends and colleagues from all over.

This was about eight years ago, if I’ve got the math right, so I only have bits of memories from it.  But I remember special made coffee mugs for everyone who wanted one, and some sort of slide show, and lots and lots of people all having a great time.  It was probably the biggest birthday party I have ever been to.

Big, fun, well planned, lots of guests.  That’s what I wanted for today.  But then reality (aka time, energy, money) set in, and I knew we couldn’t pull it off.

30Today is my 30 year anniversary of my diabetes diagnosis.

For the last few years I have been dreaming of this big fantastic party to celebrate.  Celebrate what exactly?  That is a question I struggle with.  To celebrate all of the hard work, mental struggles, sacrifices?  Yes, that captures some of it.  But there’s a lot missing there.

I celebrate my never giving up.  I celebrate the gritty determination to never quit trying.  I celebrate that I try again after each miserable failure.  I celebrate that although I am tired, I live my life full of hope and energy.  I celebrate the strength it takes to live with diabetes.

30 years is a long time to live the way we have to live.  Yet I look up to so many of you that have lived much longer, and you too fill me with hope and courage that I can do it too.  Thank you.

Maybe I’ll throw my giant party in 10 years. Save the date!

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27 thoughts on “When Is The Party?

  1. Scott, congratulations on 30 years of kicking arse! I feel the weight of this accomplishment as our being only 12 years into it seems like a lifetime. ((HUGS)) to you from our family. I also wanted to thank you for all the great comments on my blog. It means so much to me that you took the time to read about our crazy life. I’m glad I found you. Your are stuck with me now. 🙂

  2. Scott: Happy Diaversary! What a milestone, to have hit the three decade mark. You’re a few above me, as I just hit my 26th year a couple months ago. With G in town and others heading your way to visit, I’m sure we all can expect some diaversary party event with pictures, video, and fun times!

  3. Scott – wow. 30 years is incredible – and its so awesome to think that we PWDs get up every morning and do what we do, over and over again, for 30 years and longer. Congrats on 30 years, and here’s to 30 more! (hopefully with a cure somewhere in there….)

  4. Scott,
    You are an amazing example to us and a strong presence within this community. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. And while you never want to say “happy” and anniversary when it comes to a diabetes anniversary, thanks for showing others that diabetes doesn’t slow you down.
    Scott and Traci
    Diabeticparents.org

  5. Yeah, I know what you mean about not really wanting to celebrate. I feel that way every January… but still, I think this can serve as a good reason for making yourself get on a roller coaster this weekend w/ George at MOA. LOL!!! I hope to see a photo of it on your blog next week! 😉

  6. I’m with sisjay! Revenge is sweet. There are so many people who don’t know I have D just for that reason–I don’t want them criticizing what I eat and wondering whether everything that ever happens is associated.

  7. I say when you do throw that party you make all the non-diabetic guests test their blood sugar before and after the meal, and serve them cupcakes that all have “should YOU really be eating this?” on the frosting. In the meantime, congratulations on 30 years.

  8. I’m never sure whether to congratulate someone, as it means another year they still haven’t been cured. I guess happy anniversary is in order, though again, I’m not sure the word “happy” is in order except if you have managed to avoid any complications, then I guess that really is something to be happy about. However, I would like to say that I hope before you reach your 60 year anniversary you’ll be cured!

  9. What a blessing to love with diabetes for 30 years. I know they’ve been 30 long years but what a blessing. Go out for grilled cheese sandwhichs or something! Celebrate good times come on!!! Happy 30th Diaversary.

  10. To celebrate LIFE and kicking D’s butt for 30 years!!! HUGE accomplishment in my book…..and you STILL keep the positive outlook! ((HUGS)) Your hard work and diligence has paid off with a still healthy you!

  11. Wahoo!!! 30 years!!! I say celebrate in every single way you can think of – no matter how small it seems. Celebrate by watching all your favorite TV shows. By napping instead of forcing yourself to the gym (just for today though). Have your favorite dinner. Eat a cupcake. Do any guilty pleasure you can think of. It may not be a big expensive party – but I bet it just may be even more fun!!!! 🙂

  12. Congratulations. 30 years is quite an accomplishment – 30 years of hard work toward good health and succeeding. My best to you Scott and wishing you another healthy 30.

  13. It’ll be a little late for you and Gary (celebrating 20 years this spring) and a little early for me (20 years in September), but I say we don our red rider jerseys and party on June 5. Maybe there should be a pre-ride party on the 4th, too. I’m still working on that.

  14. 30 years! Well done! You have my heartfelt congrats because I understand, as much as another person can understand, what went into those 30 years. Our ability to “try again” never fails to amaze me. We’re resilient if nothing else! Keep up the great work.

  15. 30 years! Well done! You have my heartfelt congrats because I understand, as much as another person can understand, what went into those 30 years. Our ability to “try again” never fails to amaze me. We’re resilient if nothing else! Keep up the great work.

  16. I think it completely deserves a party! Not for just the hard stuff, but as you said – living your life full of hope and energy, not letting diabetes stop you from being who you want to be. I always find you inspiring, even when you’re writing about what you view as failures.