39 years ago today I was diagnosed 250.9 which in 1975 was the ICD (International Classification of Diseases) code for Diabetes with Unspecified Complications. I have tried desperately through the years not to allow D to define me, but the reality is though D does not define me, it has helped shape me and the person I have become. Without D would I be the same independent, confident, competitive woman I am ? Would I have made the same career choice, chosen the same mate ? As I mull these things over in my mind, I am thankful for the innovations in D care and technology that have enabled me to reach this 39 year milestone and thrive with a condition which less than 100 years ago was an automatic death sentence. So today I'm celebrating with a gorgeous spinach salad and seared tuna and maybe something decadent for dessert.