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DSMA February Blog Carnival, Part One

February 9, 2011
National Zoo in D.C. 6 years old

The most awesome thing I’ve done in spite of diabetes is …
go to preschool
learn to play tennis
go skiing
go to Kindergarten
ballet, jazz, tap (x 10 years)
go to elementary school
be a Brownie
start T-ball
play softball (x 10 years)
go camping
start playing the piano
go to Diabetes camp
go to middle school
start playing the clarinet
have a solo in the Christmas concert
start running cross-country
field trip to Disney without Mom as a chaperone (x2)
take swing-dancing lessons
Washington D.C. field trip
start high school
run cross-country (x4 years)
ski team (x4 years)
tennis team (x4 years)
family ski trip to Colorado
winter track (x1 year)
Tour de Cure
get the pump (03.16.02)
get my driver’s license
C.I.T. at Camp Carefree
Chris Evert Tennis Academy
NH Scholastic Athlete Award
graduate high school
start college at Salve Regina University
take classes at UNH-Manchester
re-start college at Plymouth State University
tennis team (x4 years)
work at St. Paul’s Children’s Learning Center
counselor at Camp Carefree
work with kindergarteners doing Summer Learning
work as a summer nanny
work 3 jobs one summer
Spring Break in Puerto Rico
work at Waterville Valley Ski Area Childcare
work taking care of ski instructors’ children
work in Oregon for two summers
run 10.5 mile race
Child Life Intern
graduate college
apply for a crazy amount of jobs
volunteer coach synchronized swimming
start synchronized swimming
working as a full-time nanny
move to Boston in a big girl apartment!
travel to Utah for work (and ski, and see one of my best childhood friends)
celebrate 21 years at Pops! Goes the Fourth (I’ve been planning this since my 16th D-Day)
take a vacation to Oregon
…to be continued…

(How can I pick just one thing when I’ve had diabetes for 21.5 years, and been alive for 25 years?)

“You got yourself this far-you just got to keep going.” Dan Ward

This post is my February entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at

6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2011 2:15 PM

    omg i know this is not going to surprise you, you did basically the idea i had – just write a BUNCH of stuff i've done!!!! brain-sharers.

  2. February 9, 2011 4:01 PM

    Great post! So uplifting to kjnow that in spite of diabetes you have LIVED!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. February 11, 2011 12:47 AM

    25 years with diabetes! There is no way you could pick one. I know I couldn't. Awesome accomplishments 🙂

  4. February 15, 2011 4:26 PM

    Great post – and so true, how do we pick just one thing??

    Did you love your swing dance lessons? My husband and I have been taking ballroom since before our wedding – I think swing is my favorite. (Or cha cha, but probably swing – LOL)

  5. February 25, 2011 2:56 PM

    Love this list! why resrict yourself to just one thing? Anthing you do in spite of diabetes is something to be proud of

  6. March 1, 2011 2:53 AM

    I also did a triathlon. Forgot that one 🙂

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