Today starts Diabetes Blog Week! Monday’s prompt is: “Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog?”
I decided to start blogging about my life with diabetes for a few reasons.
- I am very open about having diabetes and wanted to share with others what living with type 1 diabetes is like, to possibly help others who have diabetes and to bring more awareness/education to the general public. After being diagnosed with diabetes, I quickly realized how many stereotypes there are about diabetics and how much confusion there is between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. I hope that by reading my blog, people learn more about diabetes and understand a little better what life with diabetes is like.
- Writing is therapeutic for me and is a way of helping me cope with diabetes. Having a rough day–a diabetes roller coaster, or a low hangover type of day? I can write about it, and it is a sort of catharsis.
- I also started this blog as my project for my honors program senior thesis.
One message that is important to me is the title of my blog: “Thriving with Type 1 Diabetes.” I want to share that yes, life with diabetes is challenging. Everyday is a battle to balance my blood sugar. I can face hospitalization and even death if my blood sugar drops too low or spikes too high. It takes a lot to achieve this balance–finger pricks, insulin shots, carb counting, managing stress, exercise and the gazillion other things that affect my blood sugar–yet there is no such thing as perfection. Although diabetes is an everyday challenge–and some days, it is even a struggle that knocks me down–I can and am thriving.