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Diabete Blog Week 2016; Day 1 – Message Monday

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“Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog?”

The prompt started me thinking about the etymology of message.  We all know what that word means in context but I was curious and a little bit distracted as I tried to think of the diabetes awareness message that is most important to me.  The short answer, after getting utterly sidetracked, is as follows:

You are not alone!

I am here, in the diabetes blog space because I wanted to share my experiences.  I have found solace in reading other blogs and hoped that by giving voice to my experiences someone else may find the same.  This blog space, the Diabetes Online Community, is the “message” that so many of us need.

As far as sending a message for advocacy to those not touched by Diabetes, I am conflicted.  There are so many misconceptions that are perpetuated by the media, medical professionals, marketing companies, etc. that you will encounter as a diabetic.  At the very least those in the medical profession should know the difference between types and treatments.  I get that medicine is very specialized these days but a little better overlap would at least ensure that the right treatment is provided for the patient.  Certainly the patient blame game isn’t helpful to anyone involved!

I have to say that I am a bit more forgiving of the lack of understanding diabetes by the Non-D folk.  I mean, if I had to option not to think about diabetes ever again that would be just fine with me.  Imagine a world where we had no reason to blog about diabetes…

Maybe one day.

Until then, thank you DOC for being here.  Thank each and every one of you participating in this year’s Blog Week for providing that voice, that message, that advocacy.  You are unique in your Diabetes but…