Today marks the second anniversary of my blog! This has been one of the smartest things I have ever done. Writing this blog has had such an impact on my life in just two short years. I’ve written over 200 posts (this is my 217th to be exact), received almost 30,000 views and had people take the time to comment on my posts over 800 times.
Writing this blog has been very cathartic. It’s been a great way to express my emotions when I’m frustrated (such as in CGM Woes post), when I’m upset (see my recent post on a comment I received), and when I want to celebrate (I finally got my A1C below seven!). I’ve been able to document my athletic achievements and struggles, and more recently, my pregnancy journey.
When I started this blog, I was hoping to connect with others in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), as well as, try to educate my family and friends on what my life with diabetes is like. I know a few friends and family have read my blog and have made comments to me about what they’ve learned (thanks ya’ll!) but I’ve also gained a new support system that has become invaluable. Starting this blog and joining the DOC has truly expanded my support network. Because of the DOC, I was able to find local chapters of Insulindependence and DiabetesSisters. The local chapters encouraged me to branch out and so I ran the Carlsbad half marathon with Insulindependence in January and I attended the DiabetesSisters’ Weekend for Women Conference in April, where I met a ton of great women with diabetes, including some fellow bloggers. Both local chapters had members who were Type 1 diabetics and had recently had babies, so they were great resources when I first found out I was pregnant. I was also able to meet a few bloggers outside of diabetes organizations such as Scott from Rolling in the D and Stephen from Happy-Medium. Starting my blog also encouraged me to become more active in the Diabetes Online Community through Twitter where I have found great support from many people, whom I have yet to meet in real life. I hope one day I can meet Liz from Life or Something Like It among many great people.
Thanks to this blog/DOC, I discovered Integrated Diabetes Services, who have helped me immensely during my pregnancy. I received the honor of being chosen as the Best of the Betes Blogs two times, in addition to hosting the blog one month. I also received the Athletes with Diabetes Award from Stephen at Happy-Medium.
Besides being a great way to vent or share successes or connect with others and feel their support, this blog has allowed me to achieve the one main goal I had when I started which was to get my A1C below seven. Before starting this blog, I had never seen an A1C below seven and I honestly didn’t know if it was achievable. Now, two years later, I am cruising with an A1C of 5.5! All thanks to the support I’ve received, the information I’ve attained from my readers, and the hard work I’ve put in. I wanted to get my A1C below seven so that my husband and I could try for a baby and now in 12 short days, I will be welcoming my son to the world.
It’s been a great, healthy two years and I couldn’t have done it without your support. Thanks for reading and being such a supportive community!
(I can’t drink this yet but a cheers and thanks to you) 🙂