Six years ago, as we prepared for Halloween, Little Miss was 6 years old, and we had no idea of the war that raged inside her body. She dressed as a clown, went out, and had fun, without a care in the world.
Halloween marks the beginning of her diabetes “anniversary”, and this year marks the point of diabetes having been with her for half of her life. From now on, she will have lived longer with diabetes than without. This year, however, has been an eerie reminder of the season six years ago. Halloween fell on a Friday again for the first time in six years, her diagnosis date will fall on a Sunday again, and Thanksgiving marks the day she came home from the hospital, and we started a new chapter in her life.
Fast forward six years. This Halloween, we have to carry around a bunch of diabetes supplies, and we have to think about how active she will be, and how many carbs are in the candy she eats. Her favorite saying has become this: “Diabetes can’t and won’t stop me from doing the things I love.”
She still wants to dress like a clown though, and she still has fun on Halloween. Some times, a lot can change in six years. Some times, hardly anything changes at all.