Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-a-Day 1 – Past

I knew November was Diabetes Awareness Month – see your DAM guide over on theperfectd.com – but I didn’t know about the cool “photo-a-day” idea until I saw it on Kerri’s sixuntilme.com post. She’s a creative cookie, that one.

Whew. You know I love pictures, so this is going to make coming up with blog posts this month a piece of cake (mmmm, sugar!)  I hope. Diabetes is an everyday thing for me and millions of others, and photos are certainly a good way to give glimpses into our lives with diabetes that you may otherwise not be able to see.

The topic for today is Diabetes – Past.

Check out that girl lounging on the crappy college-dumpster-found couch, it’s rigged-together slipcover already falling off. Chilling in front of that awesomely huge Prince and the New Power Generation poster, wearing a sweater from Maurice’s, rocking the Birkenstocks, newspapers open on the coffee table. It screams 1994.  My diagnosis year.

1994, you were so bad to me.I was oblivious to how diabetes would affect my life, really, when this picture was taken….the most unsettling thing in my 21 year old brain was that boyfriend whose apartment I was in at the time would break up with me soon after my diagnosis.  Not because I got sick, not because I gained weight  – trying to figure out the riddles of exchanges, when to eat, when to take more insulin – but because I was an emotional and dramatic 21 year old girl who still didn’t know the type of guy that was “good” for me, or what I was really searching for in life.

I’m glad now that he broke up with me. I’m glad I have the life I am living right now, even though diabetes is in it. It changed my life in more ways than I can count, and in more ways than I probably can still imagine, but it has been with me through truly maturing into an adult, finally learning what was “good” for me, and making me a better person in so many ways, that I hope to explore them in more detail through the Photo-a-Day posts this month.

2 thoughts on “Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-a-Day 1 – Past

  1. I love the photo-a-day idea and I’ll look forward to seeing yours as well as Kerri’s. It’s like doing an online scrapbook and this will be a fun month for you to look back on in future years.

  2. I love your positive outlook on what diabetes has added to your life. A lot of the time people want to stay on how horrible it is, which I agree it can be, but I know that a lot of great things happened in my life with diabetes on board for the ride. I look forward to your posts. 🙂

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