Well hello there, it’s me. I’ve been busy reporting a lot of news lately, which has been immensely stimulating, to say the least. But today, on the occasion of the 3rd Annual D-Blog Day, I’d like to take a moment to reflect and recenter. Why do diabetes blogs matter? What was the reason that I started this I started this blog in the first place?
Ah yes, in small part because I do not know how to relax (it’s a curse), and in large part because I got this disease, and I felt a compulsion to do SOMETHING about it.
Because I knew I couldn’t be the only one blindsided by diagnosis, sitting home on the couch feeling so immeasurably alone… or searching the Internet at night and wondering, where are the OTHER PEOPLE? The Others who know how to live with this thing? Because there must be others picturing a “rest of my life” full of medical vials and hospital hallways, unending syringes and knowing you’re a “flawed” human being. That’s how it felt right after diagnosis, anyway. Kinda black. VERY alone.
What I decided to do was start writing to them, all the Others, who must be out there somewhere according to the ADA. I could try learning everything about diabetes — anything at all that might make life better — and report back to the Others on a web site.
That was January of 2005. New software had just come out allowing anybody to create an online journal they could update any time. The idea that this “blog” thing could really be accessible to millions of people was too much to take in.
So I built one, and I began to write. And They came. They gave me tips. They argued with me. They said thank you. As sappy as it sounds, a few of them actually made me cry.
Fast forward to November 2007. It’s a regular thing now. I post nearly every day. My site hosts advertisers. I spend an absurd amount of time on the web, for a mother of three. I attend several “industry events” each year, and make small talk with “insiders.” People send me news tips and requests to reprint my material and pleas for help. It’s all very time-consuming, but it gives me a strong sense of purpose.
I’m happily surrounded by hundreds of other D-bloggers (300 of us now?), who form a community, sharing our fears, frustrations, and triumphs. We even have special meeting places on the web where we can post photos, enjoy audio content, and much more.
I’ve learned a ton, but I am still no doctor. I’m still just watching with wonder as this online technology creates a dynamic new world of patient interaction. I remain an exceptionally curious patient with a compulsion to do something for people with diabetes. Thank you, for listening.