Can you believe it? Its Diabetes Blog Week again already! I knew it was coming and then I opened up my computer and BAM!!! Its here!! This year there will only be 5 posts so I had better get started…
Why am I here? That’s simple and complex. For me, blogging began as therapy. It has been a way for me to share my life, my experiences, my highs, and my lows (literally). It has been a way for me to share my opinions and my thoughts.
The funny thing is that as I began sharing, people became interested. Parents began to message me and tell me that they they were going through the same thing. They told me that my ramblings made them feel less alone.
Because of this, over the years my why has changed a little. I no longer write just for me. I now also write to show others that they aren’t alone in their trials. I hope that I can share the serious nature of the disease mixed with the quirky and funny side of this life. I hope to make some people think and others to simply say “YES! She gets it!”
What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? For me there are two messages. For the parents and people living with diabetes the message is that you can do this!I want them to know that even after their darkest days, there will one day be light. You have options. You have knowledge. You can use it. You can ask for help. You can turn to others and you will get through. Together, we will make it. I promise.
For those who don’t live with diabetes, the awareness message that I want them to receive is that diabetes is serious and deadly. It is not a one size fits all. It is not as simple as take an aspirin and call me in the morning. Diabetes takes a lot of work. Diabetes takes no breaks. People who monitor their diabetes care are not obsessed, they must do these tasks to stay alive and healthy. Not monitoring your health can cause very serious problems down the road.
Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog? It is important to me for people with diabetes to know that they can do this because my son lives with this disease. He is now a young man finding his way. I want him (and other people’s children) to feel confident in speaking out about what their needs are. I want them open to learning and growing. I want them to understand that there is a community that is there for them to help along the way.
I want people without diabetes to understand how serious diabetes is because it almost killed my son. It has killed friends and friends’ children. It is a deadly foe not to be taken lightly. Too many people do not realize that and it costs unnecessary lives. That needs to change.