1. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. My diagnosis happened at the end of my second to last semester in undergrad. Several people asked me if I was going to take the next semester off to get used to being diabetic. To be honest, the thought never crossed my mind. I guess I never truly knew how serious this disease was until later, so coming back to college with insulin pens seemed to be just part of my life then. I was too passionate about my education to simply give up.
|Just after walking across the stage.|
2. Married the guy who's been there since day one. I love him more now that I did on that day. I can't imagine being with anyone else, and not just because of diabetes. Trey is the strong, dependable Christian man I prayed for when I was single. I respect him because he proves his love for God and me through his actions. Being with him feels like "home".
|I look up to him, literally.|
3. I became a MASTER . . . of atmospheric science. Grad school was by far the most stressful thing I've ever gone through, but I felt so proud of myself on the day I defended my thesis. I was the first female in my family to get a graduate degree, and it landed me a great job.
|Defending my research at a conference.|
4. Helped remodel a house. OK, my abilities kind of stop at sweeping and painting, but that's more than I've ever done before in my life! Having a bulk pack of sports drinks at arms' length helped keep away the lows involved with sweat equity. I love seeing how we've turned this somewhat trashed house into our family home.
|Proof that I painted.|
5. Preparing for children. We aren't trying or anything, just doing some preparation work. But I know that diabetes won't be something I have to wait on. The fact that Trey and I can talk about our future kids without a worry about my less-then-stellar incubator gives me hope that diabetes will continue to be the background noise in our life.
Even without diabetes, these past four years have included a lot of life changes that would make a normal person go "whew!" I'm not sure if I would have taken stock of all of it if I didn't have an anniversary to celebrate. I guess it's another reason I'm GRATEFUL for diabetes, it gives me a chance to sit back and be humbled by all the blessings in my life while managing this disease. And whether I'm here on Earth for 4 more years or 40 years, I hope I always take the time to look back and see how far I've come. It's like anytime someone says to me, "Oh you can't do that because you have diabetes." I can say, "Oh yeah, watch me . . ."