I knew November was Diabetes Awareness Month – see your DAM guide over on theperfectd.com – but I didn’t know about the cool “photo-a-day” idea until I saw it on Kerri’s sixuntilme.com post. She’s a creative cookie, that one.
Whew. You know I love pictures, so this is going to make coming up with blog posts this month a piece of cake (mmmm, sugar!) I hope. Diabetes is an everyday thing for me and millions of others, and photos are certainly a good way to give glimpses into our lives with diabetes that you may otherwise not be able to see.
The topic for today is Diabetes – Past.
Check out that girl lounging on the crappy college-dumpster-found couch, it’s rigged-together slipcover already falling off. Chilling in front of that awesomely huge Prince and the New Power Generation poster, wearing a sweater from Maurice’s, rocking the Birkenstocks, newspapers open on the coffee table. It screams 1994. My diagnosis year.
I was oblivious to how diabetes would affect my life, really, when this picture was taken….the most unsettling thing in my 21 year old brain was that boyfriend whose apartment I was in at the time would break up with me soon after my diagnosis. Not because I got sick, not because I gained weight – trying to figure out the riddles of exchanges, when to eat, when to take more insulin – but because I was an emotional and dramatic 21 year old girl who still didn’t know the type of guy that was “good” for me, or what I was really searching for in life.
I’m glad now that he broke up with me. I’m glad I have the life I am living right now, even though diabetes is in it. It changed my life in more ways than I can count, and in more ways than I probably can still imagine, but it has been with me through truly maturing into an adult, finally learning what was “good” for me, and making me a better person in so many ways, that I hope to explore them in more detail through the Photo-a-Day posts this month.