Monday, February 21, 2011

Growing Up (DSMA Blog Carnival)

The most awesome thing I have done in spite of diabetes is...

Wow.  That's a loaded question.  How does one even begin to think about answering it?  There's just so much!  I can't even imagine picking one thing.  I like how Briley and Meredith made lists for their posts.

Because there's just so much. But if I have to narrow it down, the most awesome thing I have done in spite of diabetes is...become an adult. 

I've talked before about how amazing my mom is, and all her and my dad did to take care of me.  But at some point, all children with diabetes become adults.  We have to learn how to manage D on our own.  To switch from our parents doing most of our D care to doing it ourselves.

My first solo foray into this came when I was 17 (sorry, couldn't find any pictures of this adventure).  I traveled to Italy with my high school choir .  Without my parents.  Yikes!

Not sure who was more nervous, me or my mom.  But I did it!  Totally packed enough D-gear to supply an army, and had a wonderful trip with no major incident.  I'm sure my sugars weren't stellar on that trip, but I did it.  All by myself.

Beatles tour, anyone?
The biggest challenge came when I went off to college.  I was now in charge of my own life, and D, by myself, 3 hours away from home.  And I LOVED it!  Made a few not-so-bright D choices in my college years (reserved for later posts), but again, I did it.  And with an A1C that didn't make my endo cringe too much.  Thanks to some wonderful and supportive friends and roommates (along with a certain boy), I had a great college experience.

This college experience included another trip abroad, this time for 3 weeks.  I had the opportunity to go to England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.  Again, I was nervous.  Traveling with D can be complicated.    

At the Scotland/England border!
I took probably at least twice as many supplies as I could possibly need, and had the experience of a lifetime!  I'm  so glad I went, because I will never have that kind of opportunity again.

It's quite amazing, really.  We are amazing.  Living our life, every day, in spite of D.  And doing some pretty amazing things to boot.  For me, becoming an adult and all that comes with it has been a pretty big deal.  Graduating college, getting a job, getting married, buying a house.  Just living my life.

Although I do still ask my mom for advice all the time, both D and non-D related.  That doesn't make me less of an adult, right? ;) 

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  1. I can only imagine growing up with D is the most awesome thing a person can do. I have 13 years to prepare S for this. I have learned a lot from all of you who have now grown up to be adults from all the blogs and tweets. It helps me to parent S and know what kinds of things we will face. Thanks for the post - MoD4acure.

  2. So very proud of you & what you have accomplished. You had a big job - to make both your faith and D your own. Thank you for the 'nod', but I'll have to pass that onto (1). Father and (2). Your determination in spite of your fears. I'll always love you and be so very proud of the wonderfully awesome young woman you've become. Just glad I didn't get in Father's way too often.

  3. My son is only 3 (almost 4) and has lived with D more than half his life. The scariest thing about it for me is thinking that he'll grow up feeling like there are things he can't do because of his D. I'm working really hard to make sure that doesn't happen. I love reading stories like this because they confirm what I want to believe, which is that even though his diagnosis changed everything, it really changes nothing (just makes it a little more complicated).

  4. I know I commented on your post via facebook but I had to co e o er to your blog and leave a message.

    Once again, kudos for traveling and not letting diabetes stop you

  5. I'm so impressed by (and okay, a bit jealous of) your trips!! I hope to make it to Italy some day, and I know I'll be very nervous because of The D. I love hearing that you went and had a great time and didn't have any major incidents. :)