Saturday, May 16, 2015


Here we are, Day 6 of Diabetes Blog Week, and today's topic is:Favorites and Motivations.
If you have been blogging for a while, what is your favorite sentence or blogpost that you have ever written?  Is it diabetes related or just life related?  If you are a new blogger and don't have a favorite yet, tell us what motivated you to start sharing your story by writing a blog?

Obviously I'm pretty new to this blogging stuff, so I'll stick with motivations.

What is my motivation? Well, I'll have to blame the Diabetes Unconference (DunCon for short) for that, at least in part.

What was DunCon? DunCon was, in effect, a group of people with diabetes (PWDs) of all types, lengths of time, and experience, gathering together to share trials, successes, challenges and ideas, with the intention of spreading the learnings with other PWDs outside the conference. March 2015 was the first occurrence ever of this conference, and for me it was quite the eye opener, in many ways.

Understand, for 44 years I have been a - well... Lone Diabetic - of sorts. I have met a couple other PWDs in that time, but I haven't been close with many. A few years back I met a few online, and we have our own little group who shares some of life's tribulations, which has helped me in times of struggle (Joanna, Carol, Jessica, Delanna, Kate and so many more). Let me tell you tho - meeting a large group of 90 some-odd PWDs with the intention of sharing our innermost struggles about this beast we all struggle with from day to day, was absolutely enlightening.

I got to meet people I followed for some time on blogs, who I so related to the life stories and struggles, and other bloggers I hadn't seen the blogs of yet, but now follow avidly, More importantly, I connected with other people about our disease with the urgent feeling as a person thrown a life saver while drowning off a boat (which I would never do as I'm an awesome swimmer). I came home speaking of nothing else for weeks, with the burning desire to "do more".

But how?

Well, I thought about that, a lot, and still do.

                      In a perfect world, I would quit my job today and go work as a
                      volunteer for JDRF, or ADA, or some other charity serving the
                      people who share this life with us.

         This isn't a perfect world.

                    Someday we want to retire.

         So I need another means.

                                           Hence - "The Blog"

After 44 years with Diabetes, I must have something to share, right?

            Even if it's just the occasional story of something I encountered,

                    Or some struggle I found a way through,

                               Or a joy I found,

           I want to do more, and when I figure out how,

                         I will

       Until then,



  1. So glad to have gotten to know you a bit this year and I look forward to spending more time with you online and in person.

  2. That's awesome the DunCon got you to start your blog :). I look forward to reading more and I'm hoping to make it to the DunCon some year!