I write about my health because… Reflect on why you write about your health for 15-20 minutes without stopping.
I’m feeling quite under the weather today (thank you Pete, for sharing the bad cold you caught while I was away last week). And this topic is not an easy one for me to try to explain. Basically, I write about diabetes because I feel driven to - and here is a rambly 15 minutes to try to explain why . . .
Back when I first found the DOC, I was a knit-blogger. The second I found people out there living with diabetes, just like me, and BLOGGING about it too, I knew I wanted to be a part of it all. I wanted to leave comments and connect, but I thought linking my knitting blog in the comments would be weird. So to avoid having people think “Who is this crazy knitting girl who leaves comments on diabetes blogs?”, I decided to start Bitter-Sweet. Of course, now that I know the DOC, I know people would have been happy to connect, no matter what my blog was - or even if I had no blog at all. But in the long run, I'm grateful for the motivation to start blogging about diabetes.
Once I started sharing my diabetes life, I found I had a lot to say. I started to meet other diabetes bloggers in person, and I started to build some very important friendships.
I started out looking to connect with people who understood how living with diabetes felt. I never imagined the connections would turn into such strong friendships - the kind where you can spend well over two hours on the phone with someone and still have a ton left to say. This is still the main reason I blog, this is the root of my passion. However, writing about diabetes has evolved to more than that for me. I want to help, I want to advocate for the changes we need, I want to make a difference. I am just one little voice, but I’ve seen our community band our “little voices” together to send loud, clear messages. It’s exciting to advocate for something I believe deeply in, and it is a path I never imagined my blog would lead me to.