I’ve written ten years of content here at this blog, and today marks the beginning of an eleventh year. Ten years is a frigging long time. When I started blogging, I was 25 years old and living in a one bedroom apartment in southern Rhode Island with Abby the Cat and a newly-minted Siah Sausage, starting my relationship with Chris and clumsily finding my footing as a proper adult.
Rocketblast forward ten years and I’m a self-employed writer and proud diabetes advocate, married to the guy whose name I still write in the peanut butter, mother of one small but fierce little Bird. (And, as Rhode Islanders should, we came back to Rhode Island.) Throughout the last ten years, so much has changed. But type 1 diabetes has been a constant. (A constant pain in the butt. A constant source of humility and perspective. A constant thing to be conscious of and diligent about. All of it.)
What makes my diabetes management easier? A healthy diet, lots of exercise, checking my blood sugar, taking insulin appropriately … check. What makes doing all those things easier? A healthy community, lots of community, checking in with the community, taking community appropriately …
… check again.
I could go on and on about how blogging about diabetes has opened up opportunities for support and camaraderie, but I’ve kind of already done that. So I’ll just say thank you to each and every one of you who reads this blog or writes their own blog or Tweets about diabetes or posts about diabetes on Facebook or Instagram or Tumblr or [insert shiny, misspelled social media thing here].
Thank you for sharing your stories, and for creating our diabetes community and helping it grow. It’s been an amazing journey, the one from “alone” to “connected,” that “grateful” doesn’t even begin to touch.
Onward and upward.