What 33 Years of Diabetes Looks Like To Me

Happy 33rd diaversary, Scott!

Today is not about doing great with your diabetes management. Like everyone else with type 1 diabetes, you have your ups and downs.

Today is not about surviving another year. Like many others with diabetes you are doing much more than surviving. You are living well with type 1 diabetes.

Today is not about celebrating life. That happens every day the Lord blesses you with another morning.

You work so hard at taking care of yourself, physically, mentally, and spiritually. You are brave, strong, stubborn, and determined. You are a great example that diabetes is about never giving up.

You share your story – showing others with diabetes that there is no such thing as perfect, helping them see that diabetes is really hard, but that we do a damn good job most of the time.

Today is about acknowledging you and all of the hard work you do to care for yourself.

This is what 33 years of type 1 diabetes looks like to you.

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41 thoughts on “What 33 Years of Diabetes Looks Like To Me

  1. WOW! 33 years, what an inspiration! I hope I can have such a positive outlook and attitude towards life and diabetes when I am 33 years into my diabetes. One week down, 32 years and 51 weeks to go!! 🙂

  2. Happy 33 years of the big D!!! Scott you do so much for the diabetic community. Thank you for all your sharing of your experiences and thoughts on D. Happy you did something nice on your D anniversary.

  3. Congrats on 33 years of successful endurance. I hope there are few of these left to celebrate and you will begin to celebrate the anniversaries of freedom from diabetes.

  4. I am so glad you’re out there cheering all of us on and sharing your stories that encourage and validate. Thank you! I’m hoping to go to Joslin in October for my 50 year medal.

  5. Scott… I couldn’t have put it better myself. Happy Diaversary! You have 11 years and a wealth of knowledge on me. Thanks for being such a great example.

  6. So, you have 30 years on me in the D-department, and I’m so thankful to know you and to have such a great resource I can talk to! Thanks for being such an awesome person and friend.

  7. So very proud to know you Scott!
    And so appreciative of your efforts to draw me into the fold.
    Thanks be to LIFE, which has given us so much!!!!!

  8. Congratulations on both a diaversary and birthday. My b-day was a few weeks ago, my 37th diaversary won’t come until this summer, but I always think acknowledging these milestones is worth something, even if they’re not celebrations (Why the hell would anyone CELEBRATE 30+ years of living with diabetes; wasn’t a cure supposed to be around in 5-10 years? Sounds like a promise not kept to me). But I think acknowledging you and all of the hard work you do to care for yourself is well-deserved! Congrats again.

  9. Congrats, Scott! And thank you for all you do for us fellow type 1’s and thank you for sharing your highs and lows with us. You help me feel I e got a friend in the DOC though we’ve never met.

  10. oh, this is my 33rd year too (in about 6 wks) – we’re sort of diaversary twinsies, or something! 🙂 although I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, knowing that the 2 of us were meeting this strange challenge called diabetes in the same time frame is comforting. Good. For. You. and congratulations on your 33rd diaversary, Scott. I love your post, too – right on point.

  11. 33 years of type 1 diabetes looks GOOD!

    Please schedule a round of Turkish Get-Ups with me when you’re wearing your 50-year medal in another, oh, 17 years. Unless we’ve found a cure by then and, in that case, we’ll still have plenty to celebrate.

  12. After studying that picture, 33 years of diabetes looks like…. well, nothing that has anything to do with diabetes. That’s what it’s all about, right? Living and enjoying life. Nice work!

  13. That is another milestone for you, Scott. Congrats! You do a lot for diabetes online, and off line. Thanks!

    I hope we will see you at the FFL meeting in July.


  14. Happy anniversary and Happy acknowledgement of your bravery, strength and willingness to share. Here’s wishing you many, many more anniversaries.