Day 3! Today’s prompt:
Today we’re going to share our most memorable diabetes day. You can take this anywhere…. your or your loved one’s diagnosis, a bad low, a bad high, a big success, any day that you’d like to share.
Since it hasn’t even been a year yet since I’ve been diagnosed, and a good chunk of that has been spent with glorious honeymooning sugars, I haven’t had the chance to create many d-memories. Which in a way is probably a good thing. No terrifying lows or crazy highs, or even any awkward situations. Newbie win!
Obviously the biggest stand out day would be my diagnosis date (with my d-anniversary coming up 2 weeks!), but today I’m choosing to focus on something more subtle, but definitely just as impactful.
Celebrating – or maybe recognizing? – my first World Diabetes Day. Why is that an important memory for me? It was the first time since my diagnosis that I actually got to meet a group of Type 1 diabetics in person. I’d started reading blogs and getting into the DOC before then, but these were real people I could have a face to face conversation with! The relief I felt as well when I could talk about stuff without explaining all of the details was more than I can describe. And the fact that they welcomed me into a club that nobody wants to be a part of with smiles and good humour was exactly what I needed. I listened as a bunch talked about what WDD activities they took part in, and made me take note of some I want to do next year!
The effect that that first meeting had on my mental health was indescribable. Hey, they’re just like me! They get it! Hooray!! *Insert happy dance here*
So to those people present at my first WDD, thank you. You had more of an impact than you’ll ever know!