Welcome to the first day of the seventh Diabetes Blog Week. I’m so excited and thankful for everyone participating this year! If you’d haven’t yet signed up but would like to join in, sign ups are still open using the form found here (just scroll down a bit).
Today’s topic is Message Monday. Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog? (Thank you, Heather Gabel, for this topic suggestion.)
You are not alone!!!!
I started this diabetes blog in 2008. The reason was simple . . . . to connect with others who live with diabetes. I had always felt alone when it came to living with diabetes and when I realized the internet could put me in contact with others on similar journeys to mine, I knew I had found what I didn’t even know I was looking for.
I soon realized that the reason I was craving connections with other People With Diabetes (or PWDs) was because what I really needed was SUPPORT. Soon it become important that I not only found people who would support me, but that I also, of course, was longing to give support back.
Of course, in the (almost) eight years I’ve been blogging about diabetes, both the Diabetes Online Community (or DOC) and my involvement here has grown and developed and changed. Advocacy has become an integral part of what we are doing here, and I think that’s important. But I also feel like I have drifted away from the support aspect quite a bit, and I’ve been feeling lately like it’s time to get back to my roots. Time to scale back a bit on other things and put more time and energy into support. With that in mind, I’ve stepped down from volunteering as a JDRF Advocacy Team Chairperson. I wouldn’t trade the time I spent working on JDRF Advocacy for the world and I’m lucky to have served for almost 5 years. But I find myself craving getting back to support.
I’m excited to continue leading the monthly DiabetesSisters Virtual PODS group. We also hope to schedule another Global PODS in the near future, to connect women from all over the world for support. I’m still enjoying volunteering on another chapter’s JDRF Type 1 Adult Outreach committee. A few of the local Medtronic reps have launched a new monthly support group in my area. And I need to get back to reading and commenting on blogs and spending more time connecting on Twitter.
I love that the DOC and my involvement here has grown to reach places and do things I never could have imagined. I’m so thankful for each and every opportunity that has come my way. And I’m excited to spend some more time getting back to my roots, and the message that you, all of you out there, are not alone.
You can find more Message Monday posts listed here.
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