|Message Monday - Monday 5/16 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? (Thank you, Heather Gabel, for this topic suggestion.)|
A half a mile into a windy and drizzly JDRF Walk my two year old daughter turned around in her stroller and asked, "why are we doing this anyway?"
"To raise money to help people find ways to make having diabetes easier and to eventually make it so people don't have diabetes at all anymore," I replied.
Satisfied, she turned back around and enjoyed the overhang feature of her stroller which was keeping her dry.
Her question still rings in my head in a variety of circumstances. When engaged in any endeavor, either as an individual or as part of a group or organization, it's important to know, 'why are we doing this anyway.' Essentially, today's diabetes blog week topic translated in my head to, 'why are you writing this blog anyway?'
The answer is similar to the one I gave my daughter about the JDRF walk. While I can't cure diabetes with a blog, I hope I can make it easier. Difficult situations are easier when there is someone to share the journey with. The best people to share a difficult journey with are often those who've been there before. Not everyone has a collection of people in their neighborhood who are also raising kids with diabetes. Even those who spend time with others in the same boat may be looking for alternate perspectives and ideas.
That's why I'm doing this. The 'diabetes awareness message,' as the prompt calls it, that I'm trying to get out there is, 'you're not alone.' See also, 'I'm not alone.'
While I sometimes write about advocacy issues and current diabetes-related events, I mostly try to share everyday stories about our everyday life with diabetes. More specifically, I write stories about a girl between the ages of 9 and14 and her parents, with occasional flashbacks to the earlier years. These are stories about school, hanging out with friends, what we had for dinner, vacations, afterschool activities, and stuffed animals. These are stories about how diabetes factors into the every day life of a kid and her family. I write because I hope someone out there is nodding her head and saying, 'me too.' I write because I hope someone out there is scratching his head and saying, 'I never thought about it that way.' I write because it makes me feel less alone on this journey too.
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