A friend at work came up to me the other day. She had a worried expression on her usually serene face. She pulled me aside to tell me that a six-year-old in her family had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
About a year ago, she wouldn’t have been able to approach me about diabetes. I was in hiding. I didn’t take my shots or test my blood in front of people. I didn’t talk about my diabetes feelings, fears, or accomplishments. When the few people that knew asked questions, I gave them a vague answer and found a reason to dodge the conversation.
Thanks to the past few months with the DOC, this time was different. Instead of dodging her, I told her how sorry I was to hear her news. I shared some positive information about life with D. I told her about the AMAZING unlimited support that is online. To have had this community at my fingertips when I was diagnosed would’ve saved me from nearly sixteen years of loneliness, shame, and hopelessness. I shared how we rally and uplift each other and how I visit this group every single day (even if it is just to read and comment on blogs) to stay strong and connected.
I hope they seek out the Diabetes Online Community. I hope that the mom of the newly diagnosed six-year-old becomes one of the awesome D-moms I “follow” online. I seriously can’t put into words how meaningful my connections here have been. Life with D has gotten so much better for me thanks to you all.
Do I wish that there were more good things to say about D? Like time off for good behavior? Of course, but I suppose what we get is more time for good behavior...and as long as I have my D-peeps to help me through the bad days, I'll be okay.