Milestone 30 years with Type 1!

I just realized that, sometime last month, I reached my 30-year milestone of having Type 1 diabetes. I don't use the words "Celebrate" or "Anniversary", as it's something I'd rather not have, but I suppose it's better to reach 30 years than not to reach 30 years!

Let's see. I must've injected over 300,000 units of insulin, bled countless gallons from my fingertips.... hmm. It makes you think.

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Comment by Scott E on May 5, 2011 at 7:02am
Melinda, that's a great attitude to have, and it's great that you're doing well after 50 years! But let me ask this: how long did it take until you felt this way? I mean, I accept it and acknowledge it, and try to do what I should (though I'm not as compliant as I should be), but I see the last 30 years of diabetes as something I've endured, not that I've accomplished. Still, I keep reading your message over and over, and it strikes a bit of a chord with me (except the coma part, I'm fortunate enough to not go through that). Maybe in 20 years, when my kids are grown and I know they grew up with a normal childhood with a relatively healthy father, I can relax about it.
Comment by Betty J on May 5, 2011 at 6:13pm
Assyainan1 - I'm surprised they were still tell that story in 1980. I was dxed in 1950s when I was a teen and I always thought I wouldn't live past 35....shows how wrong THEY were lol. But that story is a carryover from the year that insulin was first discovered, although a lot of those veterans also proved them wrong.
Comment by Abyssinian1 on May 6, 2011 at 10:52am
Again, I wasn't told anything about my projected life span at the time of my diagnosis. The conversation was between the doctor and my mother, and I suppose my mother then told my little sister (my younger brother was maybe three and it would have been pointless to tell him anything). My little sister was the one, decades later, that told me this, in front of a number of people we barely knew (another reason why I tend to avoid my sister if possible). This may be a case of 'it's surprising what one can accomplish if one doesn't know any better.'
Comment by Rye on May 23, 2011 at 8:54pm
Reaching your 30 year mark is an inspiration for all us newbies...
Comment by melindalaw on May 24, 2011 at 2:50am
Scott E Sorry I didn't see your post. How long did it take me to feel this way? Years and years. I think I verbalized it around 47. It doesn't matter. The trick for me is to learn how to react to something, not in defiance of diabetes. I don't want to have an agenda , responding to this condition. I don't know if that is possible, Yesterday I celebrated my 56th birthday. I still harken back to when I was a kid. It was just an awful day for a kid. I experienced it as all the things could not have. Maybe that is why as an adult, I try to change my perspective and try to find the positive. This is a very difficult disease, sometimes really scary. Maybe that let's me see the joy even more deeply when it does appear.
Comment by Betty J on May 24, 2011 at 5:55pm
Positive thinking is a good thing.


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