I can’t believe that the blog is 3 years old!! It’s seems like only yesterday when I wrote my first post and was a raving & ranting lunatic about The Berry weaning herself off insulin!
When I started, I had no idea what I was doing, or that there was such a huge (and awesome) Diabetes On-line Community. I just needed a place to vent and I’d heard rumblings about this thing called “A Blog.” And the fact that setting up a blog was so darn easy, I took the plunge! I didn't have much on-line etiquette at first, and it took me a while to discover the DOC, but I'm still here - and loving every minute of it!
Blogging about diabetes has given me a community, reignited my diabetes passion to inform and educate others about living life with diabetes, and it's steered my career in a Diabetes centric direction and focus.
I'm still not always quite sure what I’m doing, but I do know that whatever I'm doing, I'm doing so with a passion and I’m so grateful to be part of such a fantastical and powerful community!
Over the past three years I’ve learned so much from others regarding both diabetes and life. Blogging has made me a better person, a healthier person with diabetes, and blogging has enhanced my writing skills. Diabetes Blogging has also made my voice louder than I ever thought possible! Which is pretty damn loud considering that I have quite a set of lungs!
So thanks for reading, supporting, giving me your shoulder to cry on when needed, always making me laugh, and continuing to teach me something new every day.
And thank you for making me strive to be better and achieve more in every aspect of my life.
I love you guys so much!
BTW, I just read that Rachel over at Tales Of Rachel is celebrating her Blogaversary today too! 5 years of blogging - OUTSTANDING! So go on over there and wish her a Happy Blogaversary!
Today is the 6th annual D-Blog Day - I kid you not! Gina created D-Blog Day in order to unite all the diabetes bloggers and to educate the public about diabetes, during National Diabetes Month! Good job Gina!
This years D-Blog Day theme is: 6 Things I want you To Know About Diabetes.
- Diabetes is NOT a character flaw. While it’s true that many characters have diabetes, including myself. Being a person with diabetes doesn't make you a bad person, a terrible judge of character, a lazy sugar addict, or person who lacks quality.
- Being a person with diabetes does not make me weaker or less capable of working and living a full life. Yes, there are times when diabetes makes me feel like crap, but that doesn’t make me any less capable- on the contrary, it makes me more determined then ever to do a great job and live a great life!
- Don’t ask a person with diabetes “Are you sure your allowed to eat that?” because like the rest of the population – we can pretty much anything – in moderation. Seriously, I don’t know many people over the age of 30 who can eat whatever they want, so stop judging us on what we put in our mouths. Instead, why not ask: Is your diet restricted because of diabetes? OR I’m totally confused by what a person with diabetes can or can’t eat. Can you explain it to me?
- As a person living with diabetes, I’m constantly doing Diabetes Math and calculating the carbs of every scrap of food I put into my body so I can figure out how much insulin to take to cover that food. This makes me good at multi-tasking. Not because I want to be, but because I have to be. So next time you and I are out to dinner and we’re deep in conversation, keep in mind that I will secretly be eyeballing and calculating carbs while gushing over your child’s baby pics or laughing at your last nightmare blind date!
- There is NO CURE FOR DIABETES. Yes, insulin allows me to live, but insulin is not a cure. I’m alive because of insulin, but if I don’t take my insulin, I’m dead, “sleeping with the fishes,” Je suis morte, & fini. And even with insulin, I'm still at risk for all type of diabetes complications.
- Finally, If you have any questions about diabetes, don’t be afraid to ask, because that’s what I’m here for! After 33 years of living with type 1 diabetes, I know a thing a two about the subject! And in all honesty, I’d rather you ask a diabetes question then continue to perpetuate diabetes myths or stereotypes!