Wednesday, April 04, 2012
I write because.....
I write about my health because I feel the need to share. After growing up with diabetes, being the only one in my family with it, and not knowing another diabetic, I like to think that I may be helping someone else in the same situation.
I find writing cathartic. When I am feeling down, my numbers aren't doing what i want them to do, I can vent. I know that sometimes, letting things out, letting them go, makes me feel lighter. Less weight to carry.
I write when good things happen. I write when bad things happen. I write knowing that no one judges me.
I can be serious. I can be funny (or at least I think i am!). I can inform. I can ask questions.
Sometimes I have questions, or I'm worried about some test results. When I write about how I am feeling at that moment and someones comments, it always surprises me. I guess because I forget that I am writing for the public. And then I remember and hope that maybe, if someone else is going through the same thing, and the comment helps me, then it will help them too.
I wonder who reads my blog. Is it other diabetics? Mostly. But perhaps it's someone looking for information about Type 1. If so, then I feel that I can teach/reach them. If they have questions, I hope they feel that they would be able to send me a message, and I could help. Just the other day, I received and email from a woman who stumbled across my blog while googling for information about my Doctor who passed away. I wrote about his passing, and she contacted me. Turns out she was also diagnosed with T1 by the same Dr. and she and her family are/were still his patients. She didn't know how he had died, and found the information she was looking for in my blog.
If the Internet was around when I was first diagnosed, it would have made my acceptance of my disease so much easier. I would have realized early on that there are others out there going through the same things I did. Feeling the same way I did.
It took me many years to come to terms with Diabetes. I lived with it, yes. I did my needles, tested my blood, but I never really took ownership. Once I did, I stumbled onto the DOC. It opened my eyes and I decided that I could write, and hopefully help people that same way the blogs I first read helped me.
So to those bloggers, I thank you. And if I can help just one person out there in some small way, then I am doing something good.
And if this is the first time you've read my blog, and I can help you better understand Diabetes, or help you in some way, please, please, let me know. I would be more than happy to talk to you.