In February the Wego Blog Carnival asked participants to write letters to their condition. You can write a letter to diabetes if you’d like, but we can also take it one step further. How about writing a letter to a fictional (or not so fictional) endocrinologist telling the doctor what you love (or not) about them. How about a letter to a pretend (or again, not so pretend) meter or pump company telling them of the device of your dreams? Maybe you’d like to write a letter to your child with diabetes. Or a letter from your adult self to the d-child you were. Whomever you choose as a recipient, today is the day to tell them what you are feeling.
Dear Diabetes Online Community,
I have only known you for less than a year, but already you have impacted my life. I went 19 years alone with this disease. I didn’t even know you existed. I forget how I first discovered you but I think it was when I was googling pregnancy with diabetes and I found Jacquie’s blog Typical Type 1. Her blog mentioned other diabetes blogs so I started reading.
A little prior to finding the diabetes blogs, I had the idea to start a travel blog because my husband and I work from home so it has allowed us to make our own schedule (often consisting of working 7 days a week but then we can take 2 weeks off at a time as well) resulting in visits to a lot of different countries. I started to work on my travel blog but felt a little overwhelmed, so I thought maybe I would start a little smaller, more closer to home. Reading the diabetes blogs I found, it seemed pretty therapeutic. I thought that since I have had diabetes for 19 years, I surely have some stories to tell or in the least, some venting to do. So instead of starting a travel blog, I decided to start smaller, more personal with a diabetes blog.
Having this blog has helped me to connect with you but not only that, it encouraged me to start a diabetes Twitter handle-@a1cbelowseven. Connecting with you on Twitter has been life changing. When I’m having a bad day, you speak kind words of encouragement. When I’m having a great day, you celebrate with me. When I have questions, you are there to provide them. You share diabetes conferences with me (something else I didn’t know about). You alert me to issues I did not know existed (Strip Safely). I love connecting with you Wednesday nights for the DSMA Twitter chat. But most of all you have allowed me to feel less alone with the disease.
I love connecting on Twitter with you. I love the comments you post on my blog. I love reading your blogs. I have gotten great tips relating anywhere from educating me on different diabetes devices, to how you handle exercising with diabetes, to new infusion set locations, to pregnancy with diabetes and many more topics that have provided me with a lot of great tips on better controlling diabetes. I’m still working to get my A1C Below Seven but I know that thanks to your help, I’m getting my diabetes under better control.
Thank you, Diabetes Online Community.