Friday, November 04, 2011

Day 2 - The DOC - Juvenation Blog Carnival

For the past three days, I have been in Chicago at JDRF's Fall Leadership Conference AND I have been horribly sick.  Therefore, I am two days behind on Juvenation's Blog Carnival.  Soooooo...catch up time!

Day 2 - How has the Diabetes Online Community helped you?

I am not sure I can even put this into words that do this justice.

In 2005, I had just moved away from my college town.  I was in a new city, new job, new life.  I was an adult with type 1 diabetes who was now living in the real world.  An adult!  Scary.

I felt so alone with my disease.  I hardly knew anyone with type 1 diabetes.  I really had no one to relate to about the disease, i.e., growing stages, what to do in an adult job, or town where people didn't know you.  So, I searched diabetes.  I found it.  The Diabetes Online Community.  I clicked on the first blog I saw.

Six Until Me.

Kerri's blog sucked me in.  She got it.  She really got it.  I could relate in so many ways.  It was like she was telling my story.  Hell, she was even sarcastic like me. 

So, I continued to read.  I found A Shot in the Dark.  I found Artificially Sweetened.  Diabetes Mine.  Scott's Diabetes Blog.

It was like my world opened up.

I am not alone.

I am not.

The community has grown so much since then.  So much.  Now, we have an incredibly strong presence on facebook and twitter.  DSMA has revitalized the community.  We are only growing stronger by the day.

Thank you, DOC.  You saved me when I didn't realize I needed it.

1 comment:

Kerri. said...

I <3 you, sarcasm and all. :)