Six Since 'Six Until Me.'
Six years ago, I was talking with my then-boyfriend about how I felt a little isolated with my type 1 diabetes, and how I wanted to connect with others who had it.
"How about you start a blaaaaaaaaaagh?" (Which is how I heard the word. Like it was the sound of someone vomiting. Which I guess is one way of describing a blog - like a vomit of information? Hmmm. I went off the rails a bit with that. /digression)
"Okay, what's a blaaaaaaaagh?"
And he showed me. And I posted my first post over at Blogspot. And then I met other bloggers, like Violet and Scott, and this whole world of people living with diabetes was opened up for me. I didn't feel alone anymore. And now I had a place to talk about diabetes with people who really understood all the nitty-gritty aspects of this disease - people who spoke my language.
Today is the sixth birthday of Six Until Me, and I can't thank you guys enough for sticking with me for six years, and for being such an integral part of my emotional health. Managing the blood sugars of diabetes is one thing, but managing the psycho-social aspects of this disease is an entirely different animal, and for me, a good support system is as vital as insulin.
Over the last six years, my life has changed to include a proposal, a wedding, plenty of travel, some triumphs and tough stuff, and the birth of my daughter. I've gone from a single 20-something to a married mama, chronicling each step and the diabetes impact on my blog. I wanted to confirm for myself, and for others, that there is a life after diagnosis, and it can be a fun one. (And I have to thank my very supportive husband, who lets me share a lot of personal things on this here blog - Chris, you are a brave soul, suggesting that I blaaaaagh. Love you.)
A big THANK YOU to all of the SUM readers and people who continue to support the outreach efforts of patient bloggers. (And to Abby, for being so tolerant of my 2 am emails.) Sharing our stories helps to bridge gaps between patients and their caregivers, and I couldn't be prouder and more grateful of this community.
(Now I'm off to don my pirate patch and see if I can get Siah to sit on my shoulder and politely ask for crackers.)