Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I write about my health because... (#HAWMC)
Today's WEGO prompt: Reflect on why you write about your health for 15-20 minutes without stopping.
I've written before about why I advocate for diabetes, but I can't remember if I've actually written about why I blog (not going to waste my 15-20 min looking through my past posts to find out, feel free if you'd like to).
Shortly after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, I started searching the internet. I've researched diabetes before, but that was as someone with gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a "temporary" condition, insulin resistance brought on by pregnancy. It's very serious as it can affect both mother and child, but I didn't put as much investment into the information gathering since I knew I'd be done with it once my child was born. In my search for information, I also wanted to explore the personal side, not just the information and research side. Blogs were my best bet for what I was looking for then. Unfortunately I wasn't having much luck finding blogs written by Type 2 diabetics in their 30s who were a healthy weight or only slightly overweight.
Then I found Kerri's original blog. (link is to current blog) Kerri is person with Type 1 diabetes, but she was still a great influence to me. In one of her entries she stated that she was only able to find six blogs written by PWDs (people with diabetes). That is the reason for the title of her blog, "Six Until Me." She decided to start her own blog, hoping that by sharing her own experience not only would she help someone else but also gather information for her own diabetes management.
That's it, I decided! If I was having trouble finding other non-stereotypical PWDs, maybe there were others out there trying to find someone like them as well. I wasn't very creative in naming my blog, RFamHere's Ramblings. Since I have the user name RFamHere many places (go ahead and Google, I'll wait...) and I love alliteration (yeah, you can Google that, too), RFamHere's Ramblings was born!
My blog is small and not very well-known, but that doesn't stop me from sharing. I will continue to share my ramblings on my blog, even if just for myself. It's a great outlet when I need to just "talk." It allows me creative expression. It allows me to have a voice that may someday be heard. It may be quiet, but sometimes all that is needed is a small voice in the silence.