Happy Diaversary! Surviving the First Year with Type 1 Diabetes

Betsy Boehm Bland
7 min readJan 4, 2019
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There is a tradition in the Type 1 Diabetes community to celebrate each year on the day of diagnosis. My 6-year-old daughter’s first “Diaversary” just came and went. Last December, we found out our five-year-old daughter’s increased thirst and hunger wasn’t from a growth spurt. Her body’s immune system had started attacking her pancreas, the gland responsible for regulating blood…

Betsy Boehm Bland

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