At different times throughout my life I’ve kept a prayer journal.  I love to do this for many reasons.  The writer in me loves to pour my heart out that way, and the doubting Thomas in me needs to go back and see in black and white how God has been faithful to answer my prayers.  I read back through things that I was praying so hard about a year ago and often I don’t even remember those burdens.  I can see that God saw us through that time and it helps me keep perspective in whatever I’m going through currently.

I think this is one of the reasons why Faith’s 1st Diaversary (one year anniversary of Faith’s Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis) hit me so hard.  It hurts to realize that the things you were praying so hard for a year ago are still what you are battling and praying for today.  This doesn’t mean that I can’t see that God has carried us through the last year – He absolutely has – but, it is still a sobering reminder that this diabetes thing isn’t going away any time soon.

My friend, Amy, asked me the other day for ideas on how to celebrate her son making it through his first year with diabetes, and I had no suggestions for her.  I cried for two solid days when we reached the 1 year mark with Faith, so I am not the person to ask for ideas on how to celebrate life on your diaversaries.  I am not there yet.  I am not at a place where I feel like celebrating diabetes.  I’m not saying that I don’t think we should celebrate living another year in spite of diabetes, just that I personally wasn’t feeling very celebratory on our 1 year anniversary of Faith being diagnosed.  Maybe that had something to do with the fact that it came before her 2nd birthday.

Recently, my family and I went to see one of Amy’s sons, Justin, play in his Little League State Championship tournament.  We met his family at our Tyler Type One support group, and have grown to love this family over the last few months.  Justin has a special affinity for Faith, and she feels the same way.  You should hear these two talk on the phone!  Too cute.

Justin even had a shirt with his number made for Faith to wear to his game. 🙂

Justin plays 1st base and he’s awesome!  You surely couldn’t spot diabetes anywhere on the field when he was playing!   He definitely doesn’t let it hold him back!

Justin’s team went on to place 3rd in State, and they go on to play in the Dixie Youth Nationals tournament next week!

Guess what else happens next week?

Justin’s 1 year Diaversary!

Is there a cooler way to celebrate LIVING in spite of diabetes than playing in the World Series??

We are SO proud of you, Justin!

Amy, thank you for equipping Justin to LIVE!  You are both such an inspiration to all of us!

What about you?  Do you acknowledge your Diaversary?  Do you celebrate each year?  If so, share your ideas with us!

Because, Every ONE Needs Support!


3 thoughts on “Diaversary

  1. Thank You for a great story! Also, when he was diagnosed Fall Baseball practice had just started. We didn’t even know if he would ever be able to play baseball again or any sports! His coaches were in shock. Wondering how does this happen? Is he, can he, will he be able to play? Is the heat going to affect him? Yes, he is able to play. People ask me if playing baseball affects his blood sugar–well this is diabetes and you never know what to expect, expect the unexpected at all times. I can say that since being diagnosed, not that having diabetes is a good thing, his skills have improved greatly. He is able to play better. Your asking yourself how? He is able to focus, see the baseball, not feeling that yucky feeling and able to hit that ball!

    A great story and thank you so much for it! Your family means the world to ours! Not a day goes by when Justin doesn’t mention Faith!

  2. Sarah, I LOVE the word “diaversary”!!!! It’s perfect! And it’s funny that you blog on “this subject” now as we are getting close to Jeremy’s 20 YEAR diagnosis!!! It’s crazy even writing that on paper, let alone saying it out loud! BUT…. I can NOW say it with PRIDE!!

    I do remember those first years of diaversaries….the pain and hurt in the pit of my stomach was unbareable to think that this “thing” had no cure and also to think “how in the world” were we gonna make it?! What was going to happen? And each year the questions….”how will I let him go to day care”? ‘to school”? “how will I let him go to college”? “to leave the country”……. 🙂

    And the “God thing” is…..as each diaversery comes and goes now, the feeling is so much different. We smile and celebrate at another year that we have gone higher and farther than we could have ever imagined. That this little 16 month old new diagnosed boy is now a 21 year old man who embraces the disease with such grace and dignity. Who does not let it stop him in ONE SINGLE WAY!

    So to you newbies having to learn about diaversaries…..PLEASE be encouraged and strengthened with these words. Those dreaded dates DO get better and you will one day, without knowing exactly when it happened, you too will see this diaversary as a VICTORY and I encourage you to CELEBRATE…..in anyway that you can……b/c we….no THEY deserve it!!!!! =)

    So to Jeremy…. as crazy as it seems, diaversary #20 is close at hand and I want to be first in line to say…….. WAY TO GO! YOU DID IT!!! AND I COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD!

    ***and to Sarah….keep writing and sharing your heart! We NEED you….and we need each other!! TTOne = LOCAL SUPPORT TODAY!

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