While reading the Washington Post this week, I found the following article about a 50+ year old woman who was diagnosed with Type 1 and her inability to find online support.
My first thought was, oh good grief, we’re everywhere online. Then I remembered, that I didn’t find the OC until I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about Amy Tenderich. From Amy’s blog I found Kerri, Allison and all the rest of you. And it was good. (Actually, very – very good!!) My first thought was, this reporter needs to learn that there are many Diabetes resources online, but my little blog is not enough to inspire anyone. I emailed Amy and Kerri with the article link and they have both written a comment at the WP. (And no, I’m not the Colleen who left a comment.)
Feeling lost and alone when you are first diagnosed with Diabetes is the absolute pits. As a person who was dx’d, and for those parents whose child has just been diagnosed, the fear is known by all of us who have gone through the feelings of being lost and alone.
Today, Penny wrote about a mom whose son was recently dx’d and asked us to “share the love.” What an awesome way to support each other! Blog comments may seem like no big deal but, for a “newbie,” it means someone is reading and cares. When I first published my blog, Kerri commented and I was thrilled. We do support each other, we are needed by each other, we are important to each other. And so, I thank each of you for “baring” your souls to all of us on your blogs, it is so very cool. May we continue to offer support to everyone who is looking for help, encouragement, sympathy and… support.
Meanwhile, we’re forecasted to get a whole bunch of snow tomorrow. I am more than ready to move south!
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DisclaimerI am not a physician! If you are seeking medical advice, please speak with your own doctor or medical professional.