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  1. Riva
    Riva January 27, 2012 at 7:50 am | | Reply

    Well said Alison especially how sometimes diabetes looms large and sometimes you don’t give it a thought. I’ll be celebrating my 40th anniversary with diabetes next month. How happy I am to still be around and in relatively good shape to say that :-)

  2. Anne
    Anne January 27, 2012 at 7:54 am | | Reply

    I really enjoyed your story, Allison! I was only diagnosed 6 months ago, at the ripe old age of 33, so your experience is different than mine.

    Here’s to many more good years with the big D!

  3. Kerri.
    Kerri. January 27, 2012 at 8:03 am | | Reply

    Happy diaversary, Allison!

  4. k2
    k2 January 27, 2012 at 8:12 am | | Reply

    Hey Diabetes Girl –
    HAPPY DIAVERSARY!!
    Celebrate all that is wonderful about you and your life – And have a cupcake!!

  5. Penny
    Penny January 27, 2012 at 8:22 am | | Reply

    Thank you for this post Allison. It brought some tears to my eyes. Those visions and remembrances are so much like my own Grace, who was dx’d at age 6. She remembers moments like the hospital and such. I am hoping it makes her strong, like you.
    And this is why we celebrate her diaversary every year. For us, we need to celebrate that she made it through another year – and all the good that has come from having such a sucky disease. That we are here. That we are stronger.
    Thank you for a wonderful post and Happy 18th Diaversary. Your diabetes is now officially an adult ;0)

  6. Hannah
    Hannah January 27, 2012 at 8:25 am | | Reply

    Happy Diaversary, Allison! <3

    I was 8 when I was DX'd too! I remember the 45-second meter, but my family could only afford to have one meter so they didn't want to send it to school with me. I had to check my blood at lunch on those horrible wipe-off blood glucose strips. (Anybody else ever use those? They needed like a half-pint of blood, I swear. They needed MORE than the original One Touch meters, anyway.)

  7. Mike
    Mike January 27, 2012 at 9:05 am | | Reply

    Thank you for that very touching post Allison. It gives me hope that my son will adopt a similar healthy attitude of dealing with his diabetes. My son was dx’d at 4 and had his first diaversary last October. And it must have been pretty scary because he remembers the hospital and how much it hurt to get pricked in the toe and lots of other details.

    Best of luck Allison and continued good health!

  8. Johanna B
    Johanna B January 27, 2012 at 9:24 am | | Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. I enjoyed reading it very much. I remember the day I was dx vividy but I don’t remember the date.

  9. @elizabethcraft
    @elizabethcraft January 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | | Reply

    What a nice post. Made me both happy and sad. I feel so lucky I didn’t get Type 1 until I was 34. Can’t imagine a childhood spend managing bs…

  10. Jen
    Jen January 27, 2012 at 10:51 am | | Reply

    Great post Allison!

  11. Kelly Booth
    Kelly Booth January 27, 2012 at 11:19 am | | Reply

    Happy Diaversary Allison!

  12. Catherine Jane
    Catherine Jane January 27, 2012 at 11:29 am | | Reply

    Such a lovely post! My Diaversary was a few weeks ago.
    Congratulations on making it another year with diabetes! Every year it makes you exponentially more awesome.
    Catherine

  13. Jana
    Jana January 27, 2012 at 11:32 am | | Reply

    Happy diaversary! (BTW, I bet they were just measuring the volume of your urine when they made you pee into a bowl. When I was diagnosed at 19 they had me measure it myself (with the markings on the bowl) and write it down.)

  14. Allison
    Allison January 27, 2012 at 11:49 am | | Reply

    From one Allison to another, congrats. I was also diagnosed at age 8 but have never celebrated my diaversary, 16 years later!! I Amazing how it has affected us in more ways than most people realize (and still does in every way!)… :)

    1. Allison
      Allison January 27, 2012 at 11:51 am | | Reply

      (BTW I also remember those darn 45-second meters!! Such a pain in the ass, haha… needed an entire finger full’s worth of blood!)
      (Aaaaand I remember being in the hospital and not feeling sick when I was in the ICU and watching all of the kids around me that were in horrible condition. Such a strange experience.)

  15. Nicola Duffy
    Nicola Duffy January 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm | | Reply

    Hey Allison, nice post! I had my ‘diaversary’ on 9th of this month, 14 years for me now. I know what you mean about meeting people who have had it 30, 40, 50 years…I blogged about this earlier this month too what I find strange is that sooner I will of had diabetes longer than I haven’t had it for!

  16. Casabby
    Casabby January 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm | | Reply

    Happy Diaversary, Allison, and best wishes for at least 50 more of them.

    I was diagnosed as a young adult and only recently found out what my exact date was. I knew it was the fall of 1976, but I didn’t know whether it was October or November. I finally called the hospital where I was treated and was amazed that they were able to retrieve the 35-year old records of my hospital stay on microfiche.

    So it was fun to find out my diaversary. Compared to a hospital stay today, there wasn’t all that much information in the records except for a daily lab BG value. It was 3 pages long. A week’s long hospital today was result in a small book of records.

  17. June S.
    June S. January 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm | | Reply

    I enjoyed reading your post. I’m about to ?celebrate? FORTIETH diaversary this summer. It happens to also fall on my birthday. You are lucky to have been diagnosed so recently (after the advent of blood glucose meters!)

  18. T1 in Boston
    T1 in Boston January 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm | | Reply

    Hats-off to the 40th anniversary posts – I just marked my 30th in 2011 – it felt SO significant! (And, of course, hats off to the 18th diaversary girl :-)

  19. Janeen Wilson
    Janeen Wilson January 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm | | Reply

    Thank you so much for this! My daughter was 2 when she was diagnosed 11 years ago – her diaversary was Feb 5th..coming up..I remember the exact moment, time, day, weather, the office setting, etc. but I didn’t realize that other people did too! I don’t think she knows about it though – do you think it is something I should share with her?

  20. Martha O.
    Martha O. February 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm | | Reply

    I was diagnosed at age 11, and my parents were told I might not live past 30 years old. Luckily, my family always ate well balanced meals and I have never had DKA. It has been almost 54 years for me. And I couldn’t believe that as recently as 25 years ago someone said she was given a life expectancy of 30 years. Some doctors still don’t have a clue.

  21. shannon
    shannon February 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm | | Reply

    happy diaversary! thanks for sharing your memories! i wonder what my daughters memories will be when she has 18 years under her belt.

  22. Toney
    Toney February 13, 2012 at 4:48 am | | Reply

    I enjoyed reading your post. I hope this post will be support to all who fight with diabetes.

  23. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson February 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm | | Reply

    Happy belated diaversary Allison!

  24. Joshua
    Joshua February 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for this, it was interesting. I usually feel crappy on my aniversary, but this is making me think I need to look at it a little differently.

    I was diagnosed on Thanksgiving weekend. I was 11; some 24 years ago. And it’s interesting that I do remember a lot of little details, like you described.

    Definately not good times, but yeah, definately not all bad times either. :)

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