It's hard to believe that this weekend will mark seven years of living with diabetes. I want to say that I don't know where the time went, but to be honest, it feels like I have always had diabetes and I can imagine that when I am celebrating say, twenty years with diabetes that it will feel longer than forever.
When I think about the past seven years I think about all that I have accomplished in that time span. All the memories that I have made, all the people that have come and gone and those that have stuck around. I also think about all the time I have put in thinking, crying, fighting, and struggling with my diabetes.
I think the fact that it feels like I have always had diabetes says a lot about the disease. Diabetes takes all of you, it takes so much out of you sometimes that you can't focus on anything else. The endless carbohydrate counting, blood sugar checks, beeping, buzzing, site changes, low reservoirs, appointments, the list goes on. Diabetes is relentless and that's why it feels longer than seven years.
But, what I have learned in the last seven years is that I am not alone in this. There are so many others going through what I do on the daily, and I some days that is what pulls me through. So, this Sunday, I will reflect on all that has been done to be where I am today in those last seven years, all the friendships I have made and all the opportunities that I have been blessed with.