Many thanks to Karen Graffeo of bittersweetdiabetes.com for organizing the 7th annual diabetes blog week. For more information about dblog week, please see here.
I am not normally one to be short on words, but this week is a bit hectic for me. (Head nodding along to Laddie’s great explanation.) Karen has given me permission for stress-free participation, so here it goes! 🙂
Today’s prompt is the following:
“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.)”
I am in the diabetes blogosphere because my life is happier being in it than being outside of it, and I hope that in my own small, empathetic way I have given back to others by being a part of the #doc.
“Dblogging” is responsible for verbs such as, well, “dblogging.” It creates a community of passionate healthcare advocates, a place to call home when diabetes tries to turn our worlds upside down, and hope for a better future.
The #doc has led to supportive friendships both online and offline, both in our own backyards and all over the world.
It is an honor and a blessing to read the deepest thoughts and the most lighthearted inside diabetes jokes that each of you shares on your blogs. Your companionship in the carrying of the diabetes cross humbles me to my core.
Very Light, No Sugar’s words go out to the diabetic online community. I also hope that those words somehow reach the lonely, confused diabetic kid that I once was. I hope that someone who is not yet actively involved in the #doc knows that he or she has a place to come home to when diabetes feels like a lot to carry alone.
I blog for my own emotional well-being, for the #doc friends who are like family, and for those who do not yet have a voice or do not know where to begin. The #doc door is always open, and I hope that you will join us if you are ready and able to do so.
It may feel like the world is not always listening, but in the diabetes blogosphere, we hear you.
8 thoughts on “We hear you.”
Ah, I LOVE this so much, Ally. Thank you.
Thanks, Heather! Loving your DBlog Week posts!
Thanks for reading, Stephen!
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What great fun, the pictures are fantastic
I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes blog page for the week of May 16, 2016.
We had a great time! So glad to have some nice photos with the #doc crew. Thanks again for sharing, Rick.
I love the photos and I love hearing about the D-friendships that have grown out of the DOC! 🙂
Thanks, Kelley. Much love for the #doc!