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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Two Year Anniversary

Scott Benner

Two years ago Arden was diagnosed with type I diabetes while we were on a family vacation in Virginia Beach, VA.  Approximately ten thousand shots ago our lives were changed in a way that I still haven’t found the words to properly convey.  

Through happenstance our family invited us to another Virginia Beach vacation this year.  So I am writing to you tonight from there.  When we drove into town today I got filled up and had to stop myself from reliving those moments from 2006 that now define our lives.  As we drove down the same street that I raced down franticly searching for a twenty-four hour pharmacy that night, I was overwhelmed by how far we’ve come, how far we still have to go but mostly by how sad I still am that Arden has this disease.  I guess that is never going to go away. 

A few hours ago, just as we did the last time we were here, we went food shopping to supply the house.  I remembered going into that store two years ago so excited about the week to come.  Today I had to fight off a piercing feeling of dread and impending doom.  I couldn’t help feeling like something horrible was going to happen tomorrow.  I don’t think that it’s a very good idea to be here today.

Tomorrow I think I’ll go with Arden to the last place in the world that I remember her not being diabetic.  Kelly and I took her for a walk at a nature reserve a few hours before we figured out that she was sick.  We watched the sun set together...  It’s the image I picture in my head every time I say, “Arden’s Day”.


Tomorrow I’ll take her back and take a new photo of her to replace the one in my mind.  She was so sick that day, so skinny and lifeless.  Wearing a little green knit sweater that I’ve never been able to bring myself to put back on her.  I think it’s time to replace that memory with a new one.  I’ll post those new pictures as soon as I can.  

Thank you to all of you that read this, you’ve made the last two years a bit easier. 


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You bring tears to my eyes when I read your entries.  Keep on fighting!!!
Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 11:40 PM
Elissa Harris
You are a true inspiration to me. Keep on going!  You have supporters behind you.
Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 11:42 PM
That is one of the mot touching things I've ever read.  You are amazing.
Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 08:31 AM
I can't read your entries without crying.  Keep going strong.  You may not realize it, but you give me strength to fight this disease with half a smile on my face.
Monday, August 25, 2008 - 11:49 AM
follow up... I was never able to bring myself to go back to the place where this picture was taken.  I'm leaving that place just as it is in my memory, I don't want to ever go there again.
Friday, March 26, 2010 - 11:15 AM