{Our Story} Happy 4th D-Anniversary

by Leighann on May 9, 2012

We recently hit the milestone of what I called Q’s “half life.” She has officially lived most of her life, over half her life, with diabetes. It wasn’t a day that I marked or told her about because it wasn’t necessarily a happy occasion.

This past week we did have something to celebrate: Q’s fourth d-anniversary.

It has been four years since the day she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and we checked into the children’s hospital to learn how to care for our child with this new medical condition.

Why do we celebrate this occasion? I always say it’s another year of living, and living well, with diabetes.

As we drove to school one morning last week, I told her that I was going to be flying across the country that day to learn about a new blood glucose meter. I said that I make these trips so that I can learn as much as I can about diabetes care. She said she is glad that I know so much about diabetes because otherwise she would be dead.

Of course that comment was a little morbid, but I told her that her daddy and I learned as much as we could in the hospital and that I would keep learning as much as I can so that we can do the best we can for her and her diabetes.

In the past year she has done so many things including the usual swim lessons, dance classes, and ice skating. But she also spent two weeks at day camp without a nurse. She has started giving herself insulin with her pump and is excited when I talk her through the steps. She has been using a CGM, and even though she hates the insertion, she sees how it gives her more freedom including a few solo play dates and parties.

In the next year she is going to have a few firsts including going to diabetes camp and hopefully flying for the first time.

You may ask how we celebrated her d-anniversary. Of course we had cupcakes (I bolused for 30 carbs) after dinner. We even sang “Happy diabetes anniversary to you” and she blew out four candles. Q suggested that we go around the table and tell what our diabetes wish is. Diabetes or not, I know that this girl’s wishes and dreams can come true!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jennifer K May 9, 2012 at 10:40 am

We always celebrate our daughter’s diabetes anniversary, too! (My daughter’s sweet of choice is donuts, so we celebrate in the morning.) I always feel like it is a milestone, that we have made it another year without any major issues. It truly is reason to celebrate! Thanks for sharing!


2 Leighann May 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

We love donuts, too! I agree, a year without complications or major issues is something worth celebrating.


3 Kristin May 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Happy 4th! Half life is a good term for it.


4 Leighann May 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Thank you, Kristin!


5 Suzanne May 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Congratulations on your Dia- versary ( that what we call it at our house) ! Those cupcakes look yummy : 0


6 Leighann May 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

They were so good. I got the kind with the whipped topping. Yum!


7 Denise aka Mom of Bean May 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Knowledge = Life, especially with D.
Happy 4th!!


8 Leighann May 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Thanks, Denise! I completely agree…knowledge is power.


9 Tim Brand May 9, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I loved the part about Q wanting everyone to tell their diabetes wishes. That’s something I’ll never forget reading, beautiful!


10 Leighann May 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Her wish was the best…and funniest. Though I decided to keep all of our wishes private 🙂


11 shannon May 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

happy diaversary to Q! those are some beautiful cupcakes!


12 Leighann May 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

They were quite delish!


13 Alaina May 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

Your blog was the first blog I read after my daughter was diagnosed a year and a half ago. Your blog helped us adjust and also prepare my daughter to return to school after her diagnosis—as most of us, I was at a loss. I’m not sure I would have survived the initial chaos without it! Our daughters are close in age and I find that I relate with so many of the diabetes related issues you have written about. You provide an amazing amount of information and if I’m not sure about something, I look at your older posts for the answer because I know you have already been where I am at. Happy 4th D-anniversary!


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