Wednesday, June 1, 2011

You Can Do This!

There are so many times I feel alone when dealing with my diabetes.  My husband and children are wonderfully supportive, but they're not actually going through the feelings and emotions that a PWD (person with diabetes) goes through.  They try to understand and they're awesome, but I still often feel alone.  I know a few Type 2s locally, but most of them fit the stereotype (older, overweight, etc).  I've really come to rely on the DOC (diabetes online community).  There I have found other Type 2s who are in a similar situation (younger, healthy weight, etc). 

Today I came across a new campaign of sorts.  Kim from Texting My Pancreas got together with others in the DOC to start the "You Can Do This" project.  Click on that link to learn more.  Click on this link to see an awesome video.  This brought tears to my eyes, not just because of the words that were shared, but because of the awesome collaboration between those with Type 1, Type 2, and LADA.

For obvious reasons, most blogs focus on one type of diabetes.  I have Type 2 so understandably my blog will focus on Type 2.  Kerri of Six Until Me has Type 1, so her blog will focus on Type 1.  (I used Kerri as an example because she was my inspiration to write this blog.)  Sometimes within the DOC, it's an us vs. them debate.  "This type is worse."  "Type 2s are just lazy over-eaters."  "Type 1s can eat whatever they want; they just have to take a shot."  It gets ugly sometimes.  However, this group set aside any rivalry and said, "Hey, we're all in this together.  Let's support each other."  (Ok, I don't know if those are the exact words, but that's the idea.)

So PWDs and their Type Awesomes, join the project.  You can submit a video or a blog post and share what it's like to have diabetes or to support someone with diabetes.  The good.  The bad.  The ugly.  But also remember that we're all there for each other.  We're a family.  You can do this!

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