Monday, May 16, 2016

2016 Diabetes Blog Week: Message Monday

Hey everyone, remember me?

Ya.. I'm not too sure who I am myself, some days.

Today is the kickoff of the 7th Annual Diabetes Blog Week.  We have to thank Karen for her amazing talent in putting this together and keeping us connected.  I know without her, I would probably forget I had a blog.

Life has been busy and sometimes the longer I put something off, the easier it is to not do it at all.  Have you ever had that problem?  Well, I'm hoping that by participating in this year's Diabetes Blog Week, that I'll get back into a more consistent blogging rhythm.  So without further ado...

"Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space.  What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you?  Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog"

So, why am I here?

I'm here so that I can perhaps share my story and someone else will see it and realize that they're not alone.  Yes, I'm sure you will read that quite a bit today, but that, in itself, is the point.  We are NOT alone in this journey we have with diabetes.

I haven't always, and still don't always, feel that way.

There are times when the blood sugars are the most misbehaving thing since a two year old hyped out on Mountain Dew and Chocolate Cake, and I feel that there isn't a soul around that gets my frustration, my anger, my defeat.  That's where the blog-o-sphere is a great place to retreat to.  I can reach how someone else is trying to tame that two year old (my diabetes is actually 11 years old).  It reminds me that I really truly am NOT alone, and others "get it" too.

Or I can read about some one's vacation to the islands and it reminds me that life will go on.  This is just a blip on the radar of life, and there are other... and much better... days ahead.

Not being alone.

Even for those people who don't like to "people" much, knowing you're not alone huge.
Knowing that someone understands, gives you comfort.
Knowing that you're not crazy, gives you peace of mind.

That is what I've tried.. and will pick up and try again.. to accomplish.  Even if it is just one person, I will consider it a success.


  1. Yup, Yup, Yup! Like you - love the vacation photos! It's nice to get away from d for awhile.

  2. It's not how often you say something; it's what you say that counts. And what you say counts an awful lot in my book.

  3. Always happy to see you blogging. But when you don't write, your FB photos of your flowers keep me going.

  4. Change one life, change the world! (Great post, BTW.)

  5. Hey, I remember you. What a great piece Jenn.

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes blog page for the week of May 16, 2016.

  6. I agree...I felt alone with my condition too often before I found the online community. Thanks for sharing your story!

  7. Great message. I wish I had found diabetes blogs when I as first diagnosed. Messages like this showing people that they are not alone are among the best, and a great reason to blog.

    Looking forward to reading more from you.

  8. You have definitely accomplished that!! Thank you so much for always being there for me.

  9. I'm so glad you're here Jenn! Connecting with you when my diagnosis was still pretty fresh helped me a lot.