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?
I think my blog started back in August 2013, after doing the DAFNE course with my local diabetes care team. Up until that point, I only knew of my dad and my grandad, who also had diabetes. However, they were diagnosed as type 2. They have lived with it for years. Indeed, they have very different approaches to diabetes, than the one I had. And wow, that was a lonely place to be.
Over the years, I’d kept numerous half-hearted blogs about all sorts of things. Needless to say, each blog was forgotten and abandoned within a month of being started. So what was different about my diabetes blog? Diabetes is a 24/7 job. There are no holidays, no pay rises or promotions. Until they find a cure, I’m stuck with this condition. Like most people, I did a quick search on Google, and was horrified by the long list of crap that according to numerous sites, I’m going to end up with, because I have diabetes.
Pfft. I’m 28, I don’t want to think about that stuff, right now! I manage my diabetes pretty well, I have a decent support network, should I need it. What I didn’t have back in 2013 however, was the knowledge that there were other people like me, lost in the diabetes world, wanting to talk to other people about their experiences. And thus www.alwaystimefortea.net was born.
Those who read my blog, will know that I don’t just write about diabetes. Life happens. And I write about life. However, the one thing that remains the same in each blog post, is that there is probably someone reading my post, who can say “yeah, I know what you mean”. I love that feeling.
I spend hours reading other people’s blogs. I love hearing about their experiences of diabetes. Because at the end of the day, although diabetes is not a ‘one size fits all’, we are ALL living with a condition that has an effect on every aspect of our lives, every day of the year.
Through the hundreds of blogs, Twitter accounts and Facebook groups, we have helped to build this diabetes online community. And boy, am I grateful. No matter the time of day, there is always someone to talk to about my diabetes, if I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. If I’m feeling like my family (as wonderful as they are) can’t help, just because they don’t have the condition, I can turn to Twitter. I can turn to #dblog, #doc #gbdoc and instantly be graced with hundreds of diabetes related tweets and links to blogs.
Through my blog, I want to share my experiences with the online community. I want to show others that they are not going through this alone. When diabetes gives me crap, I know that the online community can help me give it back, three times as hard!