Why We Celebrate “Diaversaries”

This weekend we took a short family trip to celebrate Isa’s “Diaversary,” the anniversary of the day she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

13701178_10210091315825269_3221694545191072671_oSeveral weeks ago, as Kristina and I talked about how we would celebrate this year, it dawned on me that people probably wonder why we celebrate the day Isa was diagnosed with a disease that could kill her and threatens to do so every day.

What kind of crazy people are we???

No, we don’t celebrate this day because we’re happy that Isa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In fact, we wish we had never heard of T1D and certainly wish that Isa didn’t have to live with it every day of her life.

So, why do we celebrate?

Four years ago today, we were thrown into the biggest, darkest storm of our lives. We really didn’t know what strength and bravery were until the moment the doctor confirmed that our daughter had type 1 diabetes, a life-threanening autoimmune disease that would be with her the rest of her life. Our lives were forever changed.

There’s a familiar quote that captures how we approached this new challenge:

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

While we definitely wanted that storm to just pass us by, we accepted our new reality and committed to raising awareness and funds for a cure for Isa and all those living with type 1 diabetes.

We committed to learning to dance in the rain.

And we haven’t stopped dancing over the past four years since Isa’s diagnosis.

So, today we celebrate Isa’s strength. We celebrate her bravery. We celebrate her LIFE.

Happy 4th Diaversary, baby girl! I’ve learned so much from watching you over the past four years. You’re my brave little superhero and I’m so proud to be your daddy.



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