This is the 3rd annual Diabetes Blog Week, and even though I'm behind, I'm proud to finally be able to take part in such an awesome event! I want nothing more than to find a cure for this awful disease, to see my baby girl pump-free, and to educate along the way. I hope you take the time to educate yourselves, ask questions, and open your mind, heart, and soul to the unknown.
The first post in this series is titled: "Find a Friend". This post is about a friend you've found thanks to the diabetes online community. I have put this post off because, honestly, we don't really know anyone else with diabetes. A few people here and there have a family member or friend with it, but no one we're friends with deals with it on such an intense level as we do.
That being said, I do follow a few blogs from other families about their struggles, and knowing I'm not alone helps. Even if I don't discuss carb ratios, midnight blood sugar checks, or endo visits with these folks, I know they're there and experiencing the same anxieties, joys, and everyday highs and lows we are.
My favorite diabetes blog is from an amazing, inspirational girl named Kelly Kunik. Her blog, "Diabetesaliciousness" is the highlight of my week. When I have the time to sit and read, I'm filled with hope. Living alone, dealing with the everyday grind of being a single adult with diabetes, and the personal struggles that go beyond, deeper into her soul, it's awesome. One day, I know Laila is going to want to move out, live on her own, and find her independence. This blog reminds me all these things and more are possible for her. The world is in the palm of her hand, and she's unstoppable.