This past weekend was my self-designated diabetes anniversary. 28 years.
I’ve written about this before in 2011 and 2010, describing my diagnosis story but how I don’t know the exact date in 1984. How a few years ago, I received a new pump on March 10 and decided to designate that as my diaversary. So here we are, another year gone by where I’ve managed to successfully live with diabetes. Oh, and I also share this day with Chuck Norris, who celebrates his birthday on March 10. That's just totally cool.
This year was a little more of an adventure, unfortunately. The dental kind. Battled a severe tooth pain that caused the left side of my mouth to swell up like Marlon Brando. An emergency call to the dentist Saturday morning led to him prescriping meds and instructing me to get in for a root canal evaluation on that tooth as soon as possible. So that’s on tap.
Something else that I wanted to disclose: I’m now doing some freelance writing for Diabetes Mine. This has been a long-respected dblog with current news, and I’m excited to be using my journalism experience to write there. I am being compensated for my work there, and so far I’ve had one post featured about Police D-training and how the American Diabetes Association is exploring what it can do address this issue (stop on over and offer your thoughts on this topic, if you haven’t already!)
I'm contributing some D-journalism writing to Diabetes Mine as I'm able, on top of everything else going on in life and with a regular full-time newspaper job. This is an opportunity I am very excited about, because honestly I never thought I'd have a chance to actually make some money from my diabetes experience and advocacy. Sure, this is more journalism - but it's the D-connection that made this possible.
I think it's important to tell everyone about this relationship, because I for one think it's important to know the motivations behind what people are doing, what they're writing and posting. While this continues to be and likely will always be a volunteer effort for me here at The Corner Booth, where I'm not drawing any income from, I think it's just as important to let my friends and followers know where I'm contributing elsewhere. Transparency is a good thing, in my book.
So there you have it - a post about my 28th diaversary, the most recent dental dilemma, and a disclosure. At least I know how to offer some variety when it comes to my D-Life.