The Year In Review Part Deux: 2008.
2008 came crashing in with too much to drink and a crew of elephants in my skull the next day, but the year quickly shaped up to be one of the best I've ever had. From diabetes advocacy to adventures exploring to the most romantic and wonderful day of my life, 2008 was one to remember.
I had the opportunity to test out the MiniLink Medtronic CGM in January, sporting the sensor on my arm, grappling with the emotions of it, and learning what's best. The trial was one of the best learning experiences I've had, as a diabetic. I'm grateful for the opportunity.
The silliness didn't stop, either. Shoes didn't change her ways, and I had weird fits during which I pictured shoving Siah into a banana. Then someone actually shoved Siah into a banana. (Cartoons are based on my life.) Siah made the ICHC. She also wore a toupee. The gym machines told me off. Larry Bird touched base as I tried to stay fit. I was attacked by a spider. And I saw soldiers with vacuum cleaners.
I cooked a little bit this year, too. (Stop. Laughing.) I made my Seriously Zippy White Bean Salad. I made soup. I took a stab at a cake and some cookies. And popovahs. I need to buy a few cookbooks and see if I can keep this trend up!
I visited lots of places, too, or at least as many as I could. Chris and I went to Philadelphia and didn't eat cheese steaks. I spent St. Patrick's Day in Newport. We explored museums, believed it (or not), and the wilds of Maine. We saw Eddie Izzard, The Swell Season, Wintuk, and Oasis. We ate cupcakes in NYC and dined with fancy pants types at the JDRF gala. We explored as much as we could and tried to really take it all in.
And there was diabetes ... of course, right? Over this past year, I got to meet and hang out with so many wonderful members of this community. A theater date brought me together with some of my favorite local bloggers. I had a lovely breakfast with Mollie. I got to hang with Sara, Mandy, Manny, and many others for the first time at CWD. We, as a community, marked Diabetes Alert Day and World Diabetes Day. We raised our voices for diabetes. We created another edition of the dTOES. SUM turned three! My diabetes turned 22. I worked hard to keep my diabetes fashionable. Hannah Montana got her nose in it. Coworkers took on diabetes for the day. It was great to attend my first CWD conference, and my first BlogHer session. I met some wonderful fellow diabetics at the Fairfield County Dinners, and also reconnected with old friends. I vlogged. I am on the verge of completing Diabetes365 (thiiiiiiis close!). And I got to hug my diabetes crush.
I returned as The Dexcom Warrior and applied to my insurance company for coverage. While I fought my insurance company's denials, I learned to manage the BEEEEEP!-ing, respond to the alarms, and place the sensors. We, as a community, fought the denials. I appealed like crazy, and I finally WON. Now I'm living with this machine, with both the pros and the cons of it, and so thankful that I have access to this kind of technology.
And I had such a great time preparing for my wedding. I had my wedding gown fitting, where they created a pocket for my pump. The wedding shower was beautiful. The bachelorette party was ... hey, look, something shiny! We attended our wedding classes. We had our rehearsal dinner. And Chris and I got married. (I still get goosebumps when I write that.) Diabetes behaved itself on my wedding day. We honeymooned and fell in love all over again. And I returned to more balloons than I knew what to do with. Now, my husband (!) and I are married and I'm preparing my body for baby, complete with TMI posts comin' at you live from the blog.
I'm a wife. His wife. That is the most incredible thought.
I can't believe it's already the end of December, bringing to a close one of the most emotional and amazing years of my life. Next year will be another one filled with plenty to learn and so much to appreciate. I'm excited to see what it brings for all of us.
Happy New Year, and thank you so much for reading in 2008. See you in '09!