This month the DSMA Blog Carnival asks what one diabetes related thing we are most looking forward to in 2012. Just one thing? That’s a tough one for me because I’m looking forward to, and hoping for, quite a lot from the New Year. Advances in technology and new products on the U.S. market would be wonderful (like the Enlite sensors and the iBGStar meter, which I’d love to see this year). Doing more advocacy work will be awesome (like heading to DC in March for JDRF Government Day and hopefully presenting at TCOYD next month). Finding a way to turn my diabetes passion into a part-time source of income would be amazing (although I’m not sure it’s a very realistic dream). Brushing up on my personal diabetes care is important (breaking the “ignore my CGM alarms” habit and finally getting fit and losing weight is something I’m already working on - and I’m proud to say I have shed 5.6 pounds so far this year).
However, I’m only supposed to write about ONE thing. So I stopped to think about what one thing I’d chose if I had to give up the others. I’d love fancy new d-gadgets, but I could continue just fine with the ones I’m using now. Advocacy is very important to me and I’d be disappointed to miss out on new advocacy opportunities, but I could still continue with my local adult support group and the JDRF stuff I’m already involved in. Finding my dream job is what everyone hopes for, but in reality paying the bills must come first. And if I didn’t exercise or lose any weight this year? Well, I’d just keep working on it.
When it comes down to the one thing I’m most looking forward to - the one diabetes thing I absolutely don’t want to miss out on this year - it’s pretty simple. It’s the connections and the support. I value my local diabetes groups and am looking forward to more dinners and discussions and sometimes, diabetes rants. And I can’t wait to attend more meet-ups and conferences and spend time with my DOC family. I’m unsure if I’ll be able to attend Friends for Life this year but I’m going to try my hardest to make it happen. And even if travel and in-person DOC meet-ups aren’t an option, I’m really looking forward to continuing to connect on-line - through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, #dsma, emails, and any other ways I can find. The DOC has changed me from a person who hid the fact that she was diabetic and never wanted to discuss it, to a person who talks about it every opportunity she gets. The DOC has taught me that I’m not broken and helpless, and that I can be strong.
Giving up the connections and support I’ve found is unthinkable - and continuing and growing the relationships I’ve made is the one thing I’m most looking forward to in 2012.
This post is my January entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2012/january-dsma-blog-carnival/.