May the Fourth Be With You.
"My name is Kerri.
I could go through the hassle of establishing a nom de plume, but I wasn't thinking when I set this up and I signed in with my real name. Note to Potential Stalkers: Please don't.
The purpose of this is to make contact with other diabetics. It's one of those diseases (or maybe they're all this way, I'm not sure) where even if you have the mechanics of it completely mastered, the psychological battle is just as daunting. Every time I test my blood sugar, the result stirs me up emotionally. If I'm high, I feel guilty. Or surprised. Or angry. If I'm low, I feel anxious. And slightly panicky. Or confused. A normal reading level might make me feel cocky. Or successful. But they all make me feel something. And it's not just physiological. There is so much involved in the daily maintenance of diabetes that a support network isn't just nice, it's necessary.
Reach out. Ask questions. Answer the litany I'm sure to ask. Network network network. And when that doesn't work, just repeat repeat repeat."
Seven years ago, I felt alone with diabetes. But now, as I begin my eighth year of blogging, I don't feel alone at all. The Internet has opened up a world of support that I wish existed back when I was a kid, as it's had such a positive influence on my overall health. Your support empowers me to take better care of myself, and you guys are an integral part of my healthcare team. Just knowing you're out there makes a world of difference.
There's something really powerful about that. And something really awesome.
Thank you so, so much for reading over the last seven years!! I'm so proud to call you friends.