38th Diaversary

Today makes 38 (!!) years of living with type 1 diabetes. While diabetes itself is nothing to celebrate, each year I make a point to acknowledge and celebrate (even if just internally) all of the hard work I do to take good care of myself. It’s never easy, and diabetes is always a lot of effort. But I’m kicking ass and enjoying a magnificently blessed life. Thank you for being a part of my journey!

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19 thoughts on “38th Diaversary

  1. Congratulations Scott! I just found your blog I was researching for my nephew who just became diabetic last year. I’m not familiar with blogs I’m not to text savvy. I myself have been a diabetic type 1 for 46 years and going strong like yourself . I’m so glad there’s someone like you giving out great information to the younger diabetics. Your positive message is great keep up the good work. And for Allison I just want to tell you that I’ve had diabetes for longer than any of you on here and I’ve had a wonderful life ( with ups and downs of course), and I traveled all over the world and gone to events like masquerade parties in Salem on Halloween, inaugural balls and ran my own company. So don’t be scared. Like I told my nephew when he got diagnosed “is there anything that you haven’t seen me do!” I’ve had a more adventurous life than most people who don’t have diabetes. Enjoy your life take care of yourself and live.

  2. Thank you for all your posts and specially this one. I have been diagnosed just a year ago and have had an interesting bitter sweet 12 months with Type 1 LADA. I however relate to your posts and get amazing information by reading them. The most important part is realizing “I am not alone” which oddly enough, crosses my mind from time to time!

  3. I also have type 1 diabetes I have had it almost 2 years and it shocked me to see that you have had it so long and made me realize that i’m going to have it for the rest of my life. I kind of struggle with having diabetes. But it’s nice to see that you manage yours very well!

    • Hi Allison! Thanks for stopping by! Truth be told, we all kind of struggle with having diabetes – but that’s because it’s a pain in the ass trying to be a human pancreas! But we all somehow find a way to create a balance in our lives (it ebbs & flows, for sure), and I have no doubt that you will, too. We’re all here with you, and I hope it helps to know that you’re not alone. It does for me. It also helps me a lot to know that the little things I struggle with are completely normal struggles for us! The most important thing is to keep marching forward with stubborn determination. You can do this.

  4. I have had type 1 for 30 years myself. The devastations and miracles in my life allowed me to write a book that will be soon published by Forker Media. It is called A Bottle of Rum Can Cure Diabetes (yes, kind of a joke title) Any chance you would read it and tell me what u think? I don’t know any type 1 diabetics and I need a peer review. Anyhow, I’m just giving a shout out.

    • Hi Wendy! Thanks for stopping by! Congrats on your book – what a cool accomplishment! And that’s a great title! Sure, I’d be happy to take a look. I currently have a stack of books I’m working on, so I can’t promise how quickly I can get to it, but please send it along.

  5. Congratulations Scott! I think it is worth celebrating getting through another year with all the ups and downs that come with it. I always go out for dessert in honor of my diaversary. It is a tradition started by my best friend in middle school. It makes me smile and often starts a good discussion about diabetes with new people in my life.

    Rose Barham

    Please excuse brevity and typos. This email was sent on-the-go.

  6. Hey Scott,

    Congratulations on your big life changes. We will miss greatly that you are not in Minnesota anymore. What a wonderful person you are for the diabetes community!

    Congrats to all of your family too for now being in sunny California!

    Debbie Evans JDRF Advocacy Upper Midwest Grassroots Leader IL, WI, IA

  7. Happy Diaversary Scott! There is much to celebrate! When I read your post, I was shocked as my daughter’s 11th diaversary is today!!! Here is a note I just wrote to her, right before reading your post!

    Taite Avery, 11 years ago today you were diagnosed with type one diabetes. I remember the feeling of dread and hopelessness as I put in your first pump site 3 months later. I remember when you had just turned 2, and you used to pull out your “puh” (pump) twice a day! You didn’t understand why you had to have this weird thing attached to you. Now at 13, you understand more about the endocrine system and fighter T cells than most teens ever should. The last several years, you have had an A1c that is better than your bulls eye target and for you that means feeling healthy and energetic. The hospital even challenges you by giving you projects to do, knowing that you have a lot to offer other teens with diabetes; courage, acceptance and most of all hope. Many peoples heroes wear capes, but mine wears an insulin pump – and has a pretty cute sidekick who wears a red vest 😉 (she has a DAD) Keep dancing in the light of the sunset…

    I have had type 1 32 years myself! I love reading your posts Scott!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Shawna Hawton