For the third post for the Joslin Blog Project, we were asked to talk about how and why we got into blogging. Also, what have the best and worst parts of doing so?
I jumped on the blog train a little late. After years of reading stories from others, I felt that adding my voice to the mix would only help to diversify and build on the strength of this ever growing D-community. I tend to take a more…sarcastic tone and try to lighten up the darkest times with humor. In living with diabetes, you see it all. Highs for no reason, infusion sites turned vampires and lows that appear to be an acid trip to outsiders. All can be scary but they can also be hysterically funny. Diabetes certainly isn’t always rainbows and sunshine, but I’ve found that focusing on the good and making myself laugh when life throws a mean left hook will only help.
The best parts are when I get a comment letting me know that someone gets it. They know what I’m talking about, have been through the same thing and are on the other side with words of wisdom. I hope I’m doing the same for people who read my blog. Knowing that there’s someone out there who knows what it’s like to wake up and not have the words to say “I’m low.” Or to get pissed when you can’t find a good spot for your infusion site because you’re riddled with scar tissue. I want people to know that they aren’t alone in managing their diabetes. Even if we don’t hold hands and check our blood sugars, we’re all in it together.
The worst parts? Writers block. Plain and simple. Having an ounce of an idea and just not being able to put one sentence after another blows. I have at least have a dozen drafts of blog posts just waiting for some coherent thought to bring it all together. My one-to-two sentence blog posts might make a mean coffee table book someday…
I have been invited by Joslin Diabetes Center to participate in a blogging contest this November – National Diabetes Awareness Month. Myself and a select few other amazing bloggers are taking part in hopes of raising $5,000 for the Joslin Diabetes High Hopes Fund.
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