Dear Diabetes, you suck.

a front end developer who also happens to have type 1 diabetes

I think I found my people.

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.

3 Comments

  1. Wow, you made my night! Not because you mentioned me (although it’s a cherry on top for sure) but because you feel less alone. I have battled that feeling far too much since diagnosis. There were and are many times where I feel like I am just struggling with no one to turn to. For myself it has affected the friendships around me, and I see the importance of knowing people (whether online or in real life) who just “get it”. Your support system can try their very best to sympathize and understand, but there really isn’t anything quite like connecting with those who know your journey on that kind of level. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way. If you ever need a lending ear, you know where to find me!

    • Thanks so much — I will definitely reach out as I get further into a regular training routine. I am just starting back at a crossfit gym, very slowly, but I’m getting there. I am a strong believer in that showing up is half the battle. Thanks again for sharing your story, it has really helped me.

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