My 32 Years with T1D
I was diagnosed with T1D in 1982. But surprisingly enough, I do not know the exact date off-hand. I know it was in January because my name had just been randomly drawn out of my entire elementary school to be the queen of the winter carnival. I was so excited! Me, the queen?! Wow. I had never imagined something like this could happen to me.
Actually, it never did—I never made it to the festival. Shortly after I was chosen to be queen I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D), and admitted into the Hospital for Sick Children for two weeks.
It has now been 32 years with T1D and I still wonder what it would’ve been like to reign supreme at my school winter carnival. Oh well, I did get to wear the crown for a quick second during a photo opp… and I was lucky to get diagnosed early enough before any complications had developed. So in the end, the crown really didn’t matter. So here’s to 32 years!
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Kim Cooper is the editor of OWL Magazine and has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. She enjoys writing stories, learning about health and fitness, and connecting with others with T1D.