This was originally posted to my blog, Diabetes Odyssey.
On Twitter, Google +, Facebook, TuDiabetes, Tumblr, etc., I always see blips from other diabetics stating that they are celebrating their diaversary. That is, the anniversary of their diagnosis. Sometimes they choose to be happy about it, taking the road of “I’ve survived this long and am still so very healthy”, etc. Sometimes the celebration is no celebration at all, “X years with this ■■■■■■■ disease”.
The thing is, I don’t know my exact diaversary. The exact date of my diagnosis was not something myself or my parents made note of. Now that I look back, I wish I knew. I would love to be able to say “I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on April X, 1988”. All I know is that I was nine years old so that makes it 1988, and that it was just after Easter, so that makes it in April.
I’ve gone through all the old paperwork I have from my childhood, but surprisingly, I have very little medical records. Most of it is school stuff. I don’t think I can contact my diagnosing endocrinologist’s office. I don’t know what it was called or even if it still exists. Also, I’m fairly certain my diagnosing endo is retired and possibly even has passed away. I do remember his name,though, and even have a distinct memory of what he looked like. It’s funny what memories get scarred into your mind. He was a very nice doctor, but he had very frightening news to give me. Anyway, I’ve moved a lot over the years and changed my insurance provider and doctors many times (and even went several years without insurance) so my medical records are scattered and jumbled.
Is there any way there is still a record out there of the exact date my diabetes diagnosis was confirmed? A record I can get my hands on? I’m not sure how that all works.