In the past few months, I have started reading diabetes blogs with an interest and regularity that I never had before. There are a few reasons for this but the biggest one is I had an interest in obtaining a CGM since I suspected I was having issues with hypoglycemic unawareness and simply put, I was scared. Blogs became my real world research. I was approved by my insurance for a Dexcom in December of 2011. I didn’t know anyone, personally, using this technology and suddenly I found myself mildly dependant on T1D blogs. Other than an hour long training session, EVERYTHING I learned about my Dex, I learned from the world of diabetes tweets and blogs.
The only times I have considered starting a blog were in relation to my career which is NOT in the field of healthcare or diabetes. Writing a diabetes blog didn’t occur to me nor did it remotely appeal to me. But then, something changed. Not all at once, but little things started happening. My boyfriend gained more diabetes education, especially about the Dexcom through reading blogs, I trained to be a mentor on behalf of JDRF and realized I am old T1D (dx 1979), I was contacted by someone in my professional life with a Dexcom question…. Someone who knew I was diabetic by something I posted on twitter, not by anything I ever told them directly. A man stopped me on the beach an hour after my boyfriend put a Dexcom sensor in my arm for the first time. The man was with his 8 year old son who was on an insulin pump too. When I told him I was approaching my 34th anniversary with diabetes, he kept telling me how “cool” that was and then apologizing with tears in his eyes and hugging his son. He told me how encouraging it was to hear and of course tears then streamed from my eyes too. I thought about what a vast sea of fantastic diabetes blogs I had discovered in a few months and that dissuaded me from pursuing any vague notion of blogging. Nope, I don’t need to blog. I didn’t think I had anything new to say on the topic.
April 23, 2012 was the day when diabetes managed to scare me silly (although I didn’t realize it at the time) and a few people told me I should write down what happened (more on that later). Then the turning point. I saw a post about Diabetes Blog Week and Karen Graffeo of Bitter Sweet Diabetes wrote, “If you don’t have a blog but have thought about starting one, now is the perfect time”. So I guess, now is my perfect time.