Today’s prompt asks us to “Reflect on why you write about your health for 15-20 minutes without stopping.”
I write about my health (ie mainly my diabetes, but also occasionally about my retinopathy (which is, of course, related)) for a multitude of reasons…
…because I’m hoping that even just ONE ‘normal person’ (by normal I mean someone with a fully functioning pancreas) stumbles across the blog and learns something new about Type 1 diabetes.
…because I’m hoping to dispel some of the (stupid) myths that surround diabetes of all types, and dispel a lot of the misinformation that people think they know about type 1 diabetes.
…as a therapeutic release of my own feelings about diabetes.
…as a way to get out my excitement over new D-technology without freaking out my non-D friends (who probably think me getting excited over a new pump or new glucose meter is just plain weird).
…as a way to keep myself accountable. I tend to slip and move away from tight control if I move away from the DOC, so keeping in touch with others and keeping up my blog is important in my overall motivation towards control.
…but mostly as a way to connect with others on the internet who understand type 1 diabetes in all its multi-faceted glory (ok, so maybe glory isn’t the right word) and understand what it’s like psychologically, physically, and mentally to live with it day in and day out without end.