Continuing with DBlog week catch up week, today’s post is from 2012:
Let’s end our week on a high note and blog about our “Diabetes Hero”. It can be anyone you’d like to recognize or admire, someone you know personally or not, someone with diabetes or maybe a Type 3. It might be a fabulous endo or CDE. It could be a d-celebrity or role-model. It could be another DOC member. It’s up to you – who is your Diabetes Hero??
When I first read the topic, I thought instantly of someone who has always been my “Diabetes hero”, Mary Tyler Moore. But then I re-read the topic and the part where is says my hero could be another DOC member and this made me think of Scott Johnson. So I have decided to just go ahead and pick both.
I’m sure Mary Tyler Moore seems like an obvious choice. She is pretty famous in her advocacy for Type 1 Diabetes and JDRF. To me she has always meant more. I can’t remember if I started watching the Mary Tyler Moore show before or after I learned she had T1D like me but I used to watch her show when I was younger. I would watch it on Nick and Nite when I was in middle school and it took me to a happy place. It made me smile and laugh. I also really liked the Dick Van Dyke show so my love for MTM kept growing. She had T1D like me and growing up I never really knew anyone with T1D besides her. I have read both of her books and enjoyed her honesty in dealing with the disease. I also saw her speak when she came to Richmond on tour but I was younger then so I don’t really remember what she talked about. It’s always been my dream to meet her in real life so maybe one of these days that dream will come true.
My second “Diabetes Hero” is Scott Johnson. His blog is over at Scott’s Diabetes, which is a great read but not why he’s my hero. He’s my hero because he has been a huge source of encouragement for me. He was one of the first people to comment regularly on my blog. It might seem like a little thing, but knowing that someone was reading my blog and cared about what I was saying was encouragement for me to keep writing which has in turn made me healthier. Writing this blog has been a great outlet for me to keep tabs on myself. Since starting the blog, I’ve been eating healthier, exercising more (well I didn’t exercise at all before my blog), and while I haven’t gotten my A1C Below Seven yet, I feel like my diabetes is under much better control. With Scott’s encouraging words, I’ve become a healthier diabetic. Besides encouraging me to keep writing and become healthier, he was also one of the first people I met (although not in real life) in the Diabetes Online Community which also made me feel less alone with the disease (it’s really nice to know others are going through what you are because it’s such a difficult disease-no two days are alike).
Mary Tyler Moore was the first person I knew who shared my chronic disease with me. I loved watching her on the TV but as a person in real life, she has been such a powerful force in her advocacy for Type 1 Diabetes. She was my hero growing up, which was what I needed after diagnosis. Scott has been a great advocate in the Diabetes Online Community and I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say he has been a hero for other bloggers as well. So thank you to my Diabetes Heroes!
Today’s “hero” post is also a timely one as we honor all the heroes from 9-11 today. It’s hard to believe 12 years has passed. I remember I was a senior in high school, sitting in first period when we heard the life changing news.