Living with diabetes sucks.
Our existence is filled with pricks & pokes. Our days sometimes seem to be an endless alteration of high's and lows. It's all too easy for us to grow dull.
We can't do it on our own. The weight is too great for even the strongest among us to bear. Surviving and thriving with diabetes is a team effort.
Endocrinologists, Diabetes Nurse Educator's, dietitians, and eye doctors all play an essential role in helping us live with diabetes. I do not mean to downplay their role. Despite playing an essential role, they are not enough. They merely help us to survive with diabetes.
In order to thrive with this chronic disease, something else is essential: community. In order to thrive as individuals, we need the support of others who're living with diabetes. We are the only one's who know what it's like to live the D life. We are in a privileged position to offer each other emotional support.
The Diabetes Online Community helps us to deal with a whole other set of problems that come along with living with diabetes.
In addition to the difficulties caused by the disease itself, we also have to deal with the pancreatically privileged. Oftentimes, this is (at least for me) the most difficult part of having diabetes.
We live in a world where we are often misunderstood and maligned. We inhabit a world that wasn't built with us in mind. Due to this, we often feel alone.
The Diabetes Online Community provides us with a place where we can know that we're not alone. Not only does this impact how well we manage our blood sugars, but it also can impact our perception of non-diabetics. It can engender an adversarial mentality towards non-diabetics, which can only harm our efforts to educate them. By diminishing our feelings of alienation, our involvement in the DOC has the potential to help us in our efforts to educate others.
In conclusion, I'd like to ask you a question: in what ways has your participation in the Diabetes Online Community made it easier for you to live with diabetes?
My main diabetes blog: http://t1dme.wordpress.com/