In January of this year when I was told I was diabetic all I could do was run to Google and search for answers to the hundreds of questions I had. This is probably the worst thing to do for someone newly diagnosed because the majority of results are geared towards reminding you over and over what complications are associated with diabetes. Searching for and finding something positive was just about impossible, the results were always lifeless and depressing. I tried my best to stop searching for answers on the internet, but that just wasn’t going to happen. I spend nearly 10 hours a day in front of a computer and always have at least two devices to fall back on when I’m not.
I bumped into a few blogs, but even they were talking about how bad of a day they were having and I didn’t stick around to read anymore. Finally I bumped into a blog that seemed to have some life! It was One Third of a Muffin.
The layout was clean with vibrant colors, there was awesome imagery and a variety of diabetes and non-diabetes related topics. I thought wow, this blogger seems to have a positive attitude about diabetes, this I can read! It was just what I needed at the time, so of course I hurried on over to the about page to learn more about Rachel. The first thing I noticed was that after being a diabetic most of her life she still turned to the online community to find and meet other diabetics like herself. This was the first time I felt like I wasn’t the only one out there, and maybe things will get better for me after all! Not only did she mention that she uses the Joslin Diabetes Center that’s located right in my neighborhood, but she mentioned the One Touch Ping system which was something I already had my eye on. I was hooked and for the next few days spent my time hitting up this blog to catch up on posts, and to my delight new posts were showing up frequently!
Here are a couple of my favorite posts:
Something I have yet to do, but can imagine this giving me some fuzzy feelings!
This made me realize that i can use my competitive side a little better in my management!
Since January I have been less than happy with the lack of humanity found online and in the medical field when it comes to diabetes education, especially relating to modern treatment, nutrition and the distinction between type 1 and type II. I pondered the idea of blogging about my experiences early on, to possibly help newly diagnosed diabetics get through the initial confusion and misguidance. This blog helped kick that off for me.
I am participating in the third annual Diabetes Blog Week! I’ll be contributing by posting about pre-determined topics each day for a week. You can find more posts by going to the topic list and by searching Twitter hashtag #dblogweek.