Is a Diaversary a Cause for Celebration?
For most parents, the date of their child’s diabetes diagnosis becomes permanently ingrained in their memory. So, as the milestone approaches each year, there’s almost no way to avoid thinking about it. Whether or not you choose to commemorate your child’s diaversary most likely depends on how you look back on that diagnosis date. Is it something you continue to grieve about, or is the year of adjusting to the daily diabetes regimen a cause for celebration?
It’s a personal choice, and each family will handle it differently. Looking a little further, we decided to turn to our friends in the DOC (diabetes online community) to learn their views on the topic and found that there are multiple schools of thought…
- Recognize the day and reflect quietly with family and friends.
- Celebrate another year of health and diabetes management.
- Let it pass without any fanfare or recognition.
As Diabetes Dad Tom Karlya aptly put it, it’s not about celebrating diabetes...“We are celebrating another year that we (especially our kids) have lived life to the fullest and have thrived.”
Read his full post here>
Blogger Allison Nimlos has had diabetes for 21 years and says her family always had a tradition of celebrating. She wrote, “It didn’t even occur to me, after several years of doing this, that other people might not want to (celebrate). I remember (sometimes) my parents would include a card with a little gift, and inside it would say something sweet about how proud they were of me. That’s really the point of celebrating the day…it’s not to celebrate the fact that I have diabetes…but living well with diabetes. Managing the everyday minutiae of testing, counting, dosing. Having an awesome life, never letting diabetes hold you back…”
Read her full post here>
Blogger Kristin Ewing is conflicted about how to handle diaversaries because, as she wrote, “I’m not very thrilled to have diabetes.” A celebration of the event would force her to think about the struggles she endured early on after diagnosis. In March of this year, however, she chose to celebrate her 25-year mark, adding that she’s hopeful for a cure to arrive before she has to recognize the 50-year milestone. She also wrote that “while it isn’t all glitter, sunshine and unicorns to have diabetes…I can certainly celebrate that I am successfully conquering it.”
Read her full guest blog here> and an update on her personal blog here>
Amy Tendrich of Diabetes Mine, stated, ”Honestly, this darn disease is such a burden sometimes, I feel we deserve to celebrate every week, month and fortnight that we manage to enjoy our lives above and beyond blood sugar control.”
Read her full post here>
So, how will you handle your child’s diaversary? The conversation has popped up multiple times in the PEP Squad’s closed group on Facebook, and we want to hear from you, too! If you’re not already a member, visit our page and click +Join Group, then look for a message from the Admin in your inbox (or the inbox marked “other” in Messages).
And if you do choose to commemorate the day, check this out for more ideas:
You can also purchase diaversary cards on Allison's Etsy shop:
Sources: DiabetesDad.org; TheBloodSugarWhisperer.com; MischievousKristin.blogspot.com; DiabetesMine.com