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  1. HopeW.
    HopeW. July 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm | | Reply

    I don’t even understand what the DOC is? I read this article and I just want to cry. My diabetes is so out of control, I never know what kind of reading I am going to get, and it feels like everything is going wrong in my body. I feel very much alone with T1D and don’t know how to connect online to other PWD.

    1. Scott E
      Scott E July 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm | | Reply

      “…don’t know how to connect online to other PWD”

      Hope, you just did. The DOC is the Diabetes Online Community, and exists mostly in the forms of blogs, Twitter, and online forums such as TuDiabetes.org and insulindependence.org. As a starting point, I’d suggest you join TuDiabetes, where members openly share their thoughts and concerns. If you’re looking to read but not quite ready to come out and participate (it takes time to overcome the nerves), look at the comments here on DiabetesMine (and elsewhere). Often, you can click the name of the person commenting and you’ll be taken to that person’s own blog.

      If you’re feeling a bit discouraged, take a look at youcandothisproject.org, where you can see real people and real voices talking about diabetes, which can be more powerful than just simple text.

      Finally, every Wednesday at 9-10pm Eastern, there is a diabetes online “chat” on Twitter. Follow hashtag #dsma and you’ll instantly connect to a bunch of PWDs.

      But remember, just because your diabetes may seem out of control doesn’t mean that you are. You’ve made a good start by posting this comment, and with the support, encouragement, and advice of the rest of us, you can realize that you’re not alone and that you can really learn to live and enjoy life, even with diabetes.

    2. AllisonB
      AllisonB July 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm | | Reply

      Hope: I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling. DOC stands for Diabetes Online Community — essentially it is everyone who uses blogs, Twitter, Facebook, message boards like Diabetic Connect or TuDiabetes, chatrooms, etc. to connect with others who deal with diabetes. You are part of the DOC, everyone who reads DiabetesMine is part of the DOC.

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