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Friday, November 23, 2012

Joslin Diabetes Blog Project: Why I Started Blogging

It's week 3 of the Joslin Diabetes Blog Project to raise money for the Joslin High Hopes Fund.
This week the topic is: Why did you start blogging about diabetes and what are the best and worst parts of diabetes blogging.
Halle Berry is the reason I started Diabetesalicious. I was watching her interview on The Actor's Studio - You know the one where she tells James Lipton that she's weened herself of insulin through diet and exercise and now considers herself a type 2 PWD.
That interview really infuraiated me - So much so that I wrote my very first blog post and reached out to Halle's publicist's NYC & LA office to chat about it. And guess what? She called me back!
Anyway, when I first started blogging I had absolutely no idea what I was doing- And I still make plenty of mistakes - But Diabetes blogging has changed my life for the better.
Diabetes blogging has introduced me to the Diabetes On-line Community and I will always be grateful for that.
The DOC has shown me that other people living the diabetes lives have the same diabetes issues, fears, exasperation's and twisted sense of humor that I do.
The DOC showed me that I was not the only one - And because of diabetes blogging I've developed a strong diabetes voice. And diabetes blogging helped me to find my passion, my calling and my community - And I am a lucky duck indeed.
I remember the first person from the DOC who left a comment on my blog was Bernard, and he's the one who introduced me to all the other diabetes blogs - THANKS MY FRIEND.

Growing up I'd always had issues with the way the media perpetuated diabetes myths &stereotypes instead of facts and realities. Diabetes blogging continually helps me to bust diabetes myths and perpetuate diabetes realities while spreading diabetes validation through humor ownership & advocacy!

The only "bad" thing about being a diabetes blogger is that I could have my computer on 24X7, 365 days a year and still never be caught up with all that occurs in the DOC.
Still - Not a terrible thing if you ask me.

BOTTOM LINE: The Diabetes On-line Community not only changes lives - I truly believe it saves them.... And that my friends is a wonderful thing.

If you'd like to learn more about the Joslin Blog Project  - Checkout the following link!

http://events.joslin.org/supporter/page/Joslin%20Blog-Project/National-Diabetes-Month.htm

3 comments:

Cath said...

That´s why I like so much your blog. Because you say things the way they are. Regards!

Scott K. Johnson said...

I totally remember that! So glad you jumped in. You are a valued voice in the community!

Kristin said...

Great project! And I actually found your blog in part due to searching for the "truth" about Halle Berry. :)