No D-Day was started by Ninjabetic and (to quote him) "it is a day when our online interactions avoid diabetes completely. Twitter, Blogs, Facebook, MySpace (lol), and anything else you can think of. Not a peep about that dumb disease. For one day."
So, let's get started shall we?
I am more that diabetes.
I am a daughter. The first born daughter of two amazing people. A fiery Irish mother and a strongly principled perfectly bilingual French Canadian father. Because of them I am a traveller. I am a voracious reader. I am not afraid to try strange foods. Because of them I was able to conquer my childhood stutter and can now regularly present in front of large groups of staff. I survived a major car accident, impacted wisdom teeth, divorce and relationship turmoils with their help. I go to the theatre, take the time to cook delicious meals, speak my mind and stick to my guns - because of them.
I am a sister. The eldest of three girls. We giggle over Bridget Jones and quote Steel Magnolias and The Three Amigos. We fight over the Holt Renfrew Clinique Bonus gift packs and share a love of planning family surprises. We are so different and yet so alike. I am ridiculously proud of both of them and they are a constant source of inspiration and support. I feel 100% when all five of us are under the same roof, with the cat and the dog underfoot.
I am one half of a great partnership. We found each other when neither of us was looking and we never looked back.
I am a friend. For someone who is naturally quiet and shy, I have a wonderful group of friends - from elementary school, high school, university, college, work and running. Somehow it all works and I am so very lucky to have them all in my life.
I am a photographer. I bought my first camera in 2003 and was shocked to discover how much I loved it. I say yes to every request and, as a result, have photographed weddings, babies, boudoirs, aerials, pro golf tournaments, races, community events and all sorts of amazing landscapes. Check out: www.celineparentphotography.com if you're so inclined.
I am a runner. I 'discovered' running while in Ottawa. I happened across the CIBC Run for the Cure 5k and was so inspired by all the runners crossing the finish line that, as soon as I got home, I immediately went to the local running store to buy a pair of shoes. I started running the very next day and my life changed completely.
I am a Mac girl. We got our first Mac when I was probably about 12 years old and I was hooked. Right now there are three working Macs in our house and three not so working ones. Oh, and two iphones and a couple of shuffles. And a ipod mini (remember those?).
I make a mean pot of soup.
I was a vegetarian for 18 years and the first thing I ate when I craved meat was an entire steak.
I have three tattoos.
I have never dyed my hair. It's getting greyer by the minute but I kinda like it that way.
I have always wanted a nose ring but never had the nerve to get one.
I have a degree in marine biology.
I work in social services with adults who have a developmental disability. The first day of work scared me because I had never known anyone with a developmental disability before. By the second day I was hooked. The people I am supposedly there to help have taught me more than I could ever hope to teach them.
If something scares me - that means I have to do it.
Because of that rule I have done all sorts of crazy things - bungee jumping, rock climbing, public speaking, scuba diving. Swimming starts next week.
I do not have a bucket list. I do not make New Year's resolutions. I do not believe in fate.
I take life day by day and am very aware of how precious and precarious it can be.
I live every day. Really live it. I fall into bed exhausted and climb out the next day ready to do it all over again.
I am who I am. And who I am is way more than diabetes.