If you have found this blog, saying Welcome does not really seem appropriate. I know you wish you weren't surfing the internet for diabetes. I felt the same.

A big part of me wishes I were not writing about diabetes, nor did I anticipate to become so opinionated or informed on the subject, but it happened. In 2010, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

It wasn't really part of the plan… Correction - it was not part of the plan, but it happened. It is not always easy, but I think we are all doing okay, and I hope we continue to do so.

Why the Middle East? I happen to live in Dubai. I don't think that living in the Middle East makes mine or my son's diabetic experience any more unique or challenging than it does elsewhere in the developed world.

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Please note: This blog does not give medical advice. I am opinionated, and I share my experiences, but the first rule of diabetes is to follow up with your doctor and/or nurse educator about your care, diagnosis or medication. If you do not have a medical practitioner that is helping you find your way through this crazy world, then do not give up until you find the right one.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Celebrating Diabetes

Since my son was diagnosed, I read about people who celebrate their "Dia-versary", the day they were diagnosed with Type 1.

The day my son was diagnosed is very vivid as well as the hospital stay and events that followed.  While everything changed drastically that day, I no longer think of it often as diabetes is just part of our life now.  For my son, he was diagnosed at 20 months old so he does not remember life before diabetes. It just is.

I forget the date now, and then I will read about someone celebrating their dia-versary and I am reminded.  That happened today and I realized the day came and went last week and I didn't even realize it.

When cleaning some shelves last month, I came across the calendar I kept that year.  There were all the typical notes of a working mom, a doctors appointment and a few diabetic notes that I remember writing when we were calling different places to figure out what to do.  The rest of the year was empty.  There was only one thing to focus on the remainder of that year, and that was accepting diabetes.  There were many things to write and follow, but I had no idea what those were at the time.  I threw that calendar away in my office clean up as I had no need for it, and I do not want to live in the past.

While we don't focus on our diagnosis day, we do focus on other milestones.  A better A1C, an insertion site taken to the stomach, being brave for the annual blood draw for testing, overcoming a bad stomach virus... The list goes on.  Sometimes it is diabetic related, other times not.

There are many opportunities to celebrate diabetes.  I think you have to find what works for you and your child.  Just as every diabetes case is different, the way you celebrate the milestones will differ as well.

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