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 howBriley 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 amazingmy 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? ;)