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4,018 days

4,018 days ago, my life was changed forever by a visit to a clinic in order to get a yearly physical. When I went in, I had blood drawn and went back to my day. When I returned home that night, after supper, there was a call from the hospital (not uncommon, my Dad worked there) and I was sent to pack my belongings and go to the ER immediately. I had been diagnosed with diabetes, my blood sugar in the tests (and hence the alarm) was 860 mg/dL and with that, my life has been different every day since.

I've blogged about this in the past: http://blog.daviddellsperger.com/2015/07/9-years-ago.html and http://blog.daviddellsperger.com/2016/06/tinaluminum-diaversary.html. In the end, this year isn't much different, I'm celebrating by baking the Diabetic's worst enemy (Pizza) and going on with the day like normal.  It is especially strange this year, because 4,018 days ago was also a Monday, and I'm not sure, but I think this is the first time since my diagnosis that it has fallen on a Monday.  Over the years, my treatment has improved dramatically, I finally grew up and decided to take my treatment of this chronic illness seriously, now I just have to work on the rest of my health and well-being.

I'd have to say, in the last year, my life has been much better as I've connected with people from the Diabetes Online Community (#DOC) and even gave a presentation at work about OpenAPS and Nightscout to a group of fellow software engineers. I also have worked hard enough to get my Hemoglobin A1c down to below 7 for the first time in I think the 11 years that I've been diagnosed with Diabetes, many positives have come in the last year, and I'm just hoping that I can keep up that positive mentality and positive attitude towards the things that I do.

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