This post is my first entry in the Second Annual Diabetes Blog Week.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have some level of admiration and respect for every single person I’ve encountered in the Diabetes Online Community. And holy crap, are we a varied lot. Thanks to my newfound friends, I now have a better understanding of what it’s like to be a diabetic mother, a mother to a diabetic child, a person with Type 2 or Type 1.5 diabetes — even a diabetic hardcore athlete.
But there’s one special group of Diabetes Online Community folks that always really impress me: those of you who actually, you know, do stuff. Sure, it’s easy to sit behind a computer and wax poetic about the gusher site you extinguished that day, or to post pictures of the low-carb feast you’ve prepared for lunch. I’m talking about the bloggers and DOC’ers who are full-on, in-your-face, ready-to-educate, public-speaking, money-raising activists.
Sometimes, I feel like it’s all I can do to count the carbs in an English muffin and put my face on on a Tuesday morning. Or that the prospect of keeping up a diabetes blog on a regular basis — in addition to living with diabetes, having a job, and other life activities — is overwhelming. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never participated in a JRDF walk, or spoken to the local Rotary Club, or taken on a national publication. I think that’s what keeps me in awe of you guys.
You’re not just telling us about what it’s like to live with diabetes — you’re letting us in on what it’s like to actively beat the crap out of it. From the bottom of my pancreas: Thank you!