Today is the start of Diabetes Blog Week!
D blog week is the brain child of Karen of Bitter-Sweet. Last year was a huge success and so she's brought it back again with new, engaging topics! To find out more, sign up, or find the other bloggers involved, click HERE!
Today's topic is Admiring Our Differences. We are supposed to pick a blogger who is different from us and write about why they inspire us and why we admire them.
Like Karen, I have learned so much from my fellow bloggers.
I enjoy reading the blogs written by adults with Type 1. They give me a glimpse into what Sweetpea's future may be. A little preview of how she may deal with diabetes as an adult or how she may feel about it. I find these blogs to be addictive! I appreciate their honesty and openness so very much! It's quite a gift that they give us! And I am forever grateful for them!
I also love reading the blogs written by other parents of children living with diabetes.
I suppose that you might not think they are different from me. We are all parent bloggers.
However, I find that even though we are all parents of children with diabetes- that can be where our similarities end.
We have children of different ages.
We are at different stages in our journeys with diabetes.
We choose different ways to deliver insulin.
We feel differently about how often we should test our children.
We let go in different ways and at different times.
We choose different ways to educate our kids.
We have different opinions about sleeping through the night.
We put different things in our supply bags.
We choose different companies and brands.
We support different organizations.
We advocate differently.
We feel that diabetes affects us and our families in different ways.
By reading the blogs of those "like me", I have never been more aware of the fact that diabetes affects each person and each family in different ways.
Your Diabetes May Vary.
And - possibly most importantly - DIFFERENT IS OK!
Recently, I've been reading more and more blogs, comments, tweets, Facebook updates, and the like that well.... Aren't quite celebrating our differences. Not even close. Some of the things I've been reading have been rather judgmental, rude, and just plain mean!
This makes me so sad.
One of the best things about the DOC, to me, has always been the love and acceptance I've found here.
And that's what I hope that others will find here, too.
We don't have to agree on everything. We don't have to do things the same way.
It would be boring if we did!
I would love for us to treat each other with respect. I would love for us all to believe that we can agree to disagree. I would love for us to all keep on mind that we are all doing what we believe is right for ourselves and our families.
Passion is good. Passion is what keeps us going. It's what gets things done. We have passion!
I just hope that we keep in mind what the enemy is. The enemy is diabetes.
We're all on the same team. We all have the same goal.
I don't mean to be all "preachy". And I most certainly don't mean to come across like I know everything. Cuz I don't!!! There are days when it seems that everything I know wouldn't fill a thimble.
I just love this community! I've learned so much from so many! I've found people I consider to be my closest friends. I believe that our care and management is so much better than it would be if we were on our own.
And it's my wish that the DOC would continue to be that for everyone involved.
We are all special.
We are all important.
We are all unique.
Not let's sit in a circle and sing Kum by ya! Or not....