Today marks two major events:
1 It’s the 7th annual D Blog Day, and this year theme is all about creating a Diabetes Scrap Book Page (which I’m still working on, but am no where near done. Gina Capone plans to gather all the scrapbook pages together and display the D Blog Day completed scrapbook at the 2012 Children With Diabetes Friends For Life Conference in Orlando, Florida.
And for those of you who might be "crafty," but not in the scrapbook sense of the word, you can still participate with this years Blog Topic, which is: Why you feel the Diabetes On-Line community is important. Which leads me to the other major event.
2. Today is also my 4th Blogaversary! I know, I can’t believe it!
Four years ago on November 9th, 2007, Halle Barry pissed me off royally and forced me to start my blog. I’d heard about this thing called “A Blog,” and or personal journal, but I didn’t really think I had anything to say. I had no idea that such a thing as The Diabetes On-Line Community existed, let alone was filled with so many amazing and wonderful people.
I blogged because I needed a place to express my feelings about living a diabetes life; my frustration with Diabetes Media Muck-ups & and all types of things that I didn’t even realize until recently.
At first, I didn’t think anyone read my blog, (except for friends and family,) but I kept blogging and soon I found out that the DOC existed.
Then, on December 19th, 2007 I received my first non-friend/family comment from Bernard and I was ecstatic!
Soon, I was having conversations via email and comments from an amazing group of folks, that understood Diabetes World, because they lived in it to.
My diabetes voice (which had never been a quiet one offline) was now becoming a loud one on-line.
I made mistakes, I've grown up up and gotten wiser, and I keep blogging.
My blog policy from the beginning was simple. Keep it real, always keep it honest, and never try to be anyone I’m not.
To paraphrase Eleanor Roosevelt, I’d rather be a first rate version of Kelly Kunik than a second rate version of anyone else.
The first member of the DOC I met in real life was Hannah From Dorkabetic in March of 2008 and my worlds collided in a fantastical way!
Soon, I was meeting others and I have to say, it was pretty amazing meeting my DOC family in the flesh!
Over the years, I’ve grown to rely on the DOC for so many things.
Things like; understanding, knowledge, laughter, comfort and pretty much everything else in between.
Like most in the Diabetes On-Line Community, I share the good, the bad, and the diabetesaliciousness of it all. Including all the good in my life, and those life events that have rocked my world and tested my strength. Those events, for the most part and ironically, haven’t been diabetes related.
But without the Diabetes On-Line Community, I don’t know if I would have made it.
I mean physically, yes I wasn’t going anywhere - Like Beyonce, I’m a survivor. But emotionally, knowing that my amazing community was there for me during some of life’s MAJOR curveballs, made it so much easier to catch and deal with those curveballs.
Blogging about Diabetes and being a citizen of The Diabetes On-line Community has changed my life for the better and given me my passion; my community, my voice, a better understanding of my diabetes and other types of diabetes that exist, a career, and most important.... it’s given me dear friends “for life.” .
Many of these friends for life I have yet to meet fact to face, but love and feel incredibly protective of them none the less.
So if I haven’t said it lately, I love you all & I’m incredibly grateful to be part of your world!!
Below is my attempt at an On-Line scrap book page - It's not fancy and it's far from complete, but I consider it a work in progress and a precious keepsake none the less!