Happy Diaversary!

Yesterday was my diaversary (diabetes anniversary) and the day I was diagnosed with diabetes 13 years ago, leading into my 14th year. When I was diagnosed at the age of 13 (I'm 26 now) my Mum started the tradition of instead of mourning the day my life changed, making it into a celebration or rather a happy day and not one that I needed to dread. This year was no exception...

I woke up early on the morning of this years diaversary, although a celebratory day it's still a difficult day to face and the memories of being scared in a hospital with doctors and nurses rushing about and saying strange words like diabetes come flooding back. So I try to take control of the day and not stay in bed moping. The first thing I did was create the picture collage below, of all of the happy memories that I've had related to my diabetes. Including carrying the Olympic torch, meeting others with the condition and making new friends.

I put the collage onto Facebook with an accompanying message saying thank you to my friends and family for all of the support that they've given me in the last 13 years. I wasn't expecting it, but the response was over whelming. People were so kind with their wishes and wonderful comments and it reminded me all over again how lucky I've been to benefit from their support in managing and coping with having diabetes. It's not all athletics meets and Olympic torches, I've had my fair share of hospital visits, bad blood sugars and down days. But it doesn't seem so bad when you're not on your own.

I spent the morning of my diaversary heading to the hills, literally! What better way to battle diabetes than by doing some hill sprints? My blood sugars behaved themselves and it was a really good training session. Feeling I deserved a treat I then wiled away the day with family at the Celtic Manor Resort having afternoon tea - a favourite activity of mine. It was a lovely way to spend the day and made my diaversary into something fun, opposed to something I needed to dread. So here's to many more years and positive things to celebrate about having diabetes!


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My blog takes you through a daily look at sport, diabetes and everything in between. As an athlete that lives with type 1 diabetes I want to let you into news, views and all that is important to both of my passions.

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