Goodbye 2013!

What a year 2013 has been! The fastest year of my life thus far, I hope things start to slow down (but I guess that means I’m having fun, right?). There were so many amazing things that happened this year I am so thankful for, and I’ve learned. My favorite part above all, are the amazing people that have entered my life, and enriched it in ways I didn’t realize were possible. New friendships were formed, old ones blossomed, and hurtful ones were left behind. At the end of the day, people, love, friendship and support are what matters, if you have those, then you are rich beyond your wildest dreams. I hope you realize it.

I can’t wait for what 2014 brings. There are so many things I want to do (take hip-hop classes, learn to knit, start my first book, travel), changes I want to make (on my continued path to really living, being in nature more), a lot I want to learn about (food/health and maybe going back to school, again?), and while I have never done New Year’s Resolutions per say, I found this article and exercise (which I WILL be doing in the coming weeks) to start me off on this 2014 path.

Credit to my sister for sending me this awesomeness, and to Rebelle Society, Creatively Maladjusted via Andrea Balt: 30 Questions to ask Yourself Before you Die.

Watched the sunrise over the mountains early this morning, best way to start the last day of this year:photo (8)

Diabetes Blog Week 2013 Day 3-Memories

Today we’re going to share our most memorable diabetes day. You can take this anywhere…. your or your loved one’s diagnosis, a bad low, a bad high, a big success, any day that you’d like to share.

Memories. There are so many memories I have over my 6 1/2 year diabetes life, they’re hard to quantify, and even more difficult to write about. The memories run the gamut from pain, confusion, accomplishment and happiness. But the most vivid memory was the day I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I wasn’t ill, which enabled the memories of the day to remain in tact down to every last detail that transcribed. Looking back now, perhaps diagnosis day was so painful, because I remember what it was like to live without type 1 diabetes for 25 years of my life. I remember 25 years diabetes-free going right out the window in the blink of an eye, and being forced into a new life. I remember our marriage being diabetes free for 4 years. I remember what it was like to live without the mental burden of type 1 diabetes, and being carefree. It’s an entirely different perspective when you experience a late-in-life diagnosis, and is one more thing in addition to everything else that type 1 diabetes demands, I carry around with me.

I’ve posted before about my diagnosis day several times before, here on my blog: Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes , and as a guest post on Six Until Me, Guest Post: Diabetes for Christmas.