In my opinion, diabetes just means moderation and care, not elimination. On holidays I think it should be fine to eat some candy, as long as it is covered with insulin, etc. Still, holidays like Easter can be equated with a ton of things besides food...I love the gardening idea. We can't be defined by what we "can" and "can't" eat even though most holidays tend to focus on food. Holidays are celebrations and there are many ways to celebrate that don't involve eating.
That said, it can definitely be really hard during those moments when you realize that how you've lived for months or years is so different from how the average person lives. It's tough not to feel sorry for yourself (and whoever you know who has diabetes) sometimes. I always feel guilty about feeling bad and wanting a cure because I feel like it's unjustified; I've been given this problem to deal with and people suffer from much worse things. I'm lucky and I should have to deal with this disease. But we can't feel bad about acknowledging our feelings about diabetes. Because it does suck. Normal people don't worry about so many things that burden us. It is unfair. In the end, though, we have to accept our emotions and manage them the best we can. We are lucky and unlucky, and we can't change that.
I was sitting in orchestra rehearsal today thinking about having diabetes for some reason. I imagined that the different people in the room had diabetes, wore pumps, worried about lows and highs. It was slightly upsetting but a little comforting to think about that, because for a few seconds I didn't feel so alone.
I'm going to try to end this on a positive note - at least on Juvenation we all have to face the same challenges. We aren't alone on here. Happy Easter!!