Monday, January 9, 2012

Year Three

Happy Diaversary Grace!


Its been three years since Grace was diagnosed.

You can read about her diagnosis here. And year ones's Diaversary here. And year two's Diaversary is here.

And here we are, three years into this game. And we are in a different place. Each year brings about something new. Year one was the shock and awe phase, and the introduction to the DOC. Year two was the year of the pump, the year of acceptance and learning that diabetes comes along for the ride, everywhere.



Year three, I would categorize it as a year of stretching for us both. For Grace, it was about celebrating, yes, celebrating her diabetes-ness through diabetes camp, d-friends and d-meetups. It was a year of moving forward for her, embracing new challenges in school and growing up. And a year of literally g-r-o-w-i-n-g as she grew 3 inches this year. And learning to take on more responsibility of her care. And being OK with it all.




For me, year three brings about ideas of personal growth, of accepting that this is the new normal we live with, the idea that I am not a perfect pancreas and God I should stop trying to be one! and ideas that I can't possibly do this without the support of my friends in the diabetes online community.



Three is a turning point. One is learning. Two is rounding the bend. Three means you're stuck with it for life. Three reminds me that we are not newbies anymore. Three reminds me that we survived the worst and are here to tell the tale. Three years reminds we that we are survivors. Three years reminds me how fast time goes. And how much it changes a person to have to walk through the fire.



Year three is also reminding me that one year it will be year thirteen, then twenty three, then thirty, then thirty three. May there be many more threes in her life.

Year three is the trifecta... the perfect alignment of the sun, moon and stars... the triangle, the trinity...it's one more than a golden double...good things happen in threes.

Three.
Three down and many more to go.
God willing.



Happy Third Diaversary my sweet Grace! 
You are all that, and a bag of chips.
(which you CAN eat, by the way!)

22 comments:

Colleen said...

Happy 3rd Diaversary to Grace AND her mom!

Tracy1918 said...

Beautiful post! You both inspire me! I do not like diabetes, but I feel so blessed to know you. Go enjoy that cake!

Roselady said...

Nice litte post.

Alexis Nicole said...

Happy D-Day Grace and mama!! You are both beyond amazing. And I am honored to know you.

Grace you're a fabulous girl and I am flipping my hair in your honor today!!

k2 said...

HAPPY DIAVERSARY Grace of my heart!
I love you so much and I'm so happy to have you in my life! And I'm incredibly proud of all your accomplishments, diabetes and otherwise~
And I love and am proud to know your mother.
Diabetes brought the 3 of us together - And that is a wonderful thing!
HUGS

Fred said...

Happy D-anniversary! I showed Elise the pics of Grace's PDM (we have a pink skin too) and the one of Grace at the beach and you shoulde have seen her face light up! She said, "we're TWINS!" Then she saw the cake with the 3 on it and said, "she's 3??? She looks older than that!"

Kerri. said...

Happy diaversary to the beautiful and aptly-named Grace. <3

Araby62 (a.k.a. Kathy) said...

On year 29 here. Hang in there kiddo =)

Kim said...

Happy diaversary, Grace!! You rock!

Karen G said...

Happy Diaversary, Grace! You and your mom do such a great job - and I'm so proud of you both!!! :)

Hannah McDonald said...

Happy Diaversary, Grace! One of these days I know I'll get to hang out with you and your mom. Stay awesome! :)

Misty said...

A beautiful post! We are admiring and celebrating #3 with your Sweet Grace today!

Cherise said...

Happy D-versary, Grace!!!

Sara said...

Happy Third Diaversary!

It looks from those pictures like that girl's got some sass. That will serve her well in her journey with diabetes. It looks like she will be kicking some diabetes behind!

Hallie Addington said...

Happy Diaversary to you all!

You made me cry! Three turns into 13. Turns into 20. God willing. Yes, God willing. 3 months and it will be 3 years for us. That day will mark the point where she has lived longer with D than without it.

You're so right about the difference. It's not going away. It's about moving forward with hope and GRACE! :)

Bennet said...

Here is to Many More!

Holly said...

Her pictures are beautiful, what a great year! Happy third Diaversary, Grace-we are celebrating with you! : )

Wendy Rose said...

Cheers to THREE!!!

This was a beautiful post...learning, rounding the bend...

You have come SO FAR, SISTA! What a blessing it has been to cross paths :)

Scott K. Johnson said...

Happy belated diaversary! *high-five* Grace!

shannon said...

i love what you've written here, especially breaking down the overall vibe of each year. we're rounding the bend from 2.5 to 3 over here and there's a lot of same same.

happy d-versary to grace! :)

Jess said...

i know i'm a few days late, but happy diaversary, grace! the DOC is lucky to have your wonderful family with us. :)

Christa said...

Happy Diaversary to Grace! I just celebrated my 20th, and this is the first year that I celebrated rather than shed a tear and moved on. Good job to you for making it a celebration!