Starting this blog back in 2005 wasn’t for page views or for advocacy efforts, to be honest. It was because I didn’t know any other people with diabetes, and I felt alone. I was the only twenty-something I knew who shot up before breakfast, the only one with a bottle of juice in the shower. I wanted to find some people who did this diabetes to do list every day, like I did.
This website is not my financial livelihood. But it’s my health umbilical cord – a livelihood of a different sort. It has connected me to my peers, people who really know what it’s like to have a pancreas that crapped out, and their support has made life with diabetes easier. Better. Less lonely.
Susannah Fox (formerly Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) created this video with her team and it really resonated because peer-to-peer support, for me, is why I write. It’s why the diabetes online community is crucial to my good health.
Do I value the DOC? You beta do.
“The internet isn’t magical and it is certainly capable of bias and partial information but it can also be a source of information that is open 24/7. The advice is not always life-changing, but is often life-improving. In the dark of night you may find not only a friend, but a fellow advocate and you may feel less alone. Information and camaraderie help.” – Peer to Peer Health Advice video (see below)
Our community is our super power. No doubt.