There are a number of reasons those of us who blog about our diabetes start.
For me, there were various reasons. But the big one that stood head and shoulders above the rest?
To know that what I was experiencing wasn’t unusual. To share my story and to know that other people could relate, give advice or just say “yes, me too!”.
It’s a fantastically powerful tool. To know that I’m not alone.
Because diabetes can be a very lonely disease. I’m constantly frustrated at mis-information in the media and having to (almost) justify my auto-immune condition. That it’s not down to poor lifestyle choice, that I haven’t inflicted this on myself. It wasn’t anything I could control, no matter what I could have done.
To have to justify WHY I have Type 1 Diabetes is incredibly…frustrating, dis-heartening, annoying *insert appropriate adjective here*. I’m sure anyone who reads this can put their own unique word in.
So to be able to write freely about my life with diabetes to an audience that COMPLETELY gets it – it’s amazing. It’s almost liberating. Because YOU get it. You do. I know that the few paragraphs I’ve just written above you’ll understand. And that’s really amazing to me. It gives me the confidence to write.
It also gives me the confidence I need with this condition/ illness/ disease. You pick your terminology based on your own mindset (I believe we have bigger problems than terminology for anyone who wishes to argue either way). If there’s a question I have – I ask the Diabetes Online Community (#doc) or I read other diabetes blogs and the answer is ALWAYS there. It is. Someone out there has been through something similar and can give a answer. Some answers can be different, but making an informed choice about how it effects MY diabetes is a good confidence builder.
And that’s why I think all diabetics should blog.
Just to talk. Even if it’s to someone who you’ve no idea exists. Because there’s plenty of experiences we all have and I know that I’ve just rambled on here at times and someone has picked something out of it and used it with their day to day management and emailed or DM’ed me personally thanking them for it. Even if it’s something small – it can prove to be a lightbulb moment, however insignificant or routine you may think it is.
Everyone has their own story to tell. Their own experiences. Their own nightmare stories and their own tales of how they overcame their fears to achieve something awesome.
That’s why I think everyone should #dblog.