As I was writing I feel sick. I might die? I saw @t1dActiveLiving‘s comment on Shit. Which pen did I use?!Fuck. so I checked out her profile, which lead me to #sparearose — the International Diabetes Federation campaign to raise money to support providing the best possible care, given local circumstances, to all children and youth with diabetes in developing countries — this was incredibly eye opening. I was instantly grateful for the doctors and tools that are available to me. Using Twitter to search #sparearose, I was able to find others talking about diabetes, but more importantly to me, I was able to find people talking specifically about type 1 — this was a major break through for me. In order to keep track of all this new and awesome information I created a twitter list with all the Type 1 Tweeters that I have been able to find — this includes people and companies, really anyone on twitter talking about type 1. The other really helpful resource I found was Moment’s of Wonderful’s Real Life Bloggers page — this is so cool — not all of them are well-written or even up to date, but they are other real voices, talking about their problems, triumphs and just thoughts.
And then all of a sudden I was not alone. I went from scared and alone to overwhelmed with information — I much prefer having the information than not having it, but it was a lot to take in. Diabetes went from this thing that was a barrier to everything, something with no workable solution, to something that I could actually take control of — something I could master, something that would not be a barrier for anything. All of a sudden the world was my oyster again, with a few caveats and some new rules, tips, and tricks to learn… and even though that is good, it
was is scary at the same time.
Out of all of this, I have an overwhelming sense of relief… I think I’ve found my people.