It’s My Blog and I’ll XXXX if I Want to

I’ve been getting offers lately to write for diabetes newsletters and “official” diabetes Web sites. I’ve been giving this some serious thought. While I utterly appreciate the interest — believe you me! — I feel I’m developing a somewhat obsessive attachment to “Diabetes Mine.”

I mean, if something sucks I want to be free to say so. DIABETES SUCKS! There, see?! I want to be able to say that and a lot more, all with my very own brand of cynical optimism (crooked smile). Where else can one pontificate so freely and so directly with other diabetic “brothers and sisters” than via one’s own blog? How lucky to be born in the Cyber-Age.

While I try to be cheery most of the time, the truth is that not a day goes by when I don’t think of myself lying in that hospital bed, wondering if I’ll be able to grow old enough to watch my children grow up. I am so indescribably grateful for every day now. Only those who have suffered can know where our heads are at…

So while you will find some of my stuff reprinted with permission on other diabetics’ sites, including Mendosa.com, the Diabetes Monitor, and DiabetesTalkFest, I am basically sticking it out here. After all, it’s not about the money, right? (Well… a little bit about the money, ’cause daycare ain’t free, so my work time’s gotta be spent actually working.) But for me, blogging is about sharing, creating community, and being able to vent in good company. Thanks for stopping by!

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By the way, I’d like to extend a very warm thank-you to my fellow diabetes bloggers Kathleen, Violet, Lori, Jolene, Scott, Martha, Brian, and the newest addition, Shannon, for their tremendous support. You guys make it meaningful! If I may mention, in her blog Broken, Lori recently described what I’m trying to do here better than I have been able to myself: attempting to bridge the “great divide between the people with all the facts and the people blindsided by the actual disease.” She says she wants to scream: “HELP US OUT HERE, WILLYA?!” I hear you, sister, and I’m doin’ what I can!

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4 Responses

  1. Shannon Lewis
    Shannon Lewis April 4, 2005 at 6:41 pm | | Reply

    Amy,

    Keep doing what you need to do to get you through living with diabetes. Before my son was diagnosed, I had a hard time figuring out if juvenile diabetes was type 1 or 2. My cousin has had type 1 for 23 yrs, so you would think I would’ve known! People generally aren’t going to seek out info on things they don’t relate to. BUT, if it’s written about, talked about, and kept out in the open, people who typically wouldn’t care will start to become interested when they see how people suffer. Why do you think those pink ribbons are so successful? I don’t even have to tell you what they are for…you know, right? We need to put an identity on diabetes and bring it to the forefront and keep plugging away at getting people educated. While JDRF is a successful organization, I never donated to them before my son was diagnosed because seeing their billboards saying “Diabetes hurts kids”, didn’t say it well enough for me to care. It sounds callous, but if I knew then what I know now about what diabetics go through on an hour by hour basis every single day, hell yes I would’ve donated even if my son were never diagnosed. Never stop writing!

    Shannon

  2. Gina
    Gina April 5, 2005 at 10:59 am | | Reply

    I agree, you should be able to say and post what you want, when ever you want…thats why I started my own site…I was on a Diabetes message board where people controlled my freedom of speech about a certain diabetic topic. If the moderators didnt like what you had to say they would delete your post. Not only mine but, many others.

    We live in america we should be able to say whatever the F- we want :) hahah

    Your blogs are so much fun to read and I respect you tremendously… YOU GO GIRL!! Keep inspiring people…

  3. terry
    terry April 5, 2005 at 1:35 pm | | Reply

    So if we want to complain about a product, we can complain here rather than offend an advertiser of Diabetes Forecast? Recently purchased a lancing device from Walmart (Reli-on, their store brand). Took it back for a refund. Set the dial to “5″ for maximum penetration, but 9 x outta 10 couldn’t get any blood! As if it didn’t poke! When I did get blood, it was never enough to activate my meter, kept getting “Err” messages. These test strips cost too much to be err-ing all the time. I always like to yell at the TV when Wilford Brimley rode up on his horse saying he gets plenty of exercise. GET OFF THE HORSE & WALK!!! THAT’s EXERCISE!

  4. Royabeantasty
    Royabeantasty February 9, 2009 at 7:13 am | | Reply

    Hi, cool site, good writing ;)

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