Wanna know what gets me all fired up? I’ll get to that. First, I want to tell you how I got here to get fired up.
Thank this guy.
Without John, I would have never found the Diabetes Online Community. It was his “What are you going to do about that?” to my lament over the lack of podcasts about diabetes way back when that began me on this journey. Before him, I was a person with Type 1 diabetes who didn’t know anyone else living day-to-day like me.
He and I created diabeticfeed, the first podcast about diabetes. It was a mélange of research news, interviews, and resources and a way to connect with people who have become like family to me.
One of my first interviews was with this woman who was Type 1 and had just started a blog. We clicked and connected over a love of all things snarky and the bond created by diabetes. You might know her. Kerri Sparling.
Thank this woman. Kerri began working at dLife, and through her, I penned a column about living and celebrating who we are. Kerri and I might both have diabetes, but I have a feeling that even without this disease, we’d still be making inappropriate comments to each other.
Over time, the little group of ragtag renegades who talk about diabetes on the Internet became closer. Friends. Some of us became like family. Thank these people. Kerri, Scott K. Johnson, and George Simmons have been my rocks and my confidantes and I love them.
As the small group grew larger, it became known as the Diabetes Online Community, and it encompasses thousands of people all across the world. I got busy with things outside of my diabetes and drifted off into obscurity. I kept in touch with many people I had met, but did nothing “formal”. And it was that way for a while.
But the Diabetes Online Community is like the mafia. Blood in, blood out, blood on the test strip…
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in…”
This blog began over a year ago in response to something that irked me, and it was appropriately titled: “In Retrospect, I Should Thank Him…” So thank that guy.
And then… you should thank this guy. Heartily thank him.
Bennet Dunlap and I forged a friendship at the first Roche Blogger Summit in 2009 and he’s my Don Corleone. We both think alike when it comes to sharing what we find not cool in the world and speaking freely about it. (See the sign above? Yeah….) And because of him, I’ve realized that I have the ability to make a difference… and a little trouble.
All of these people helped me find a voice, connect with others, and share my ideas about living well with diabetes.
- I advocate for all people with diabetes (discriminating between Type 1 and Type 2 is a waste of time and effort) and blood glucose test strip accuracy.
- I advocate for data access so that I can better manage my diabetes.
- I advocate for access to the medications and tools for everyone with diabetes, regardless of location or financial situations.
I advocate for myself, my family, my friends, and for every single person with diabetes and their friends and family.
I know that I can’t do it alone and I’m thankful for those who have built an amazing community and continue to make it stronger.
I’m fired up for my community. So, thank my community.
This is my post for Monday’s Diabetes Blog Week. We were asked this:
Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you.