Guest Post: Christopher-Gamer, Diabetic and Podcaster
I am not an advocate. I can’t rally the troops behind a cause. I don’t know what I believe in. I’ve yet to participate in a #dsma chat (sorry!). I am just a guy with a blog (and a podcast).
I started my personal blog, A Consequence of Hypoglycemia, out of desperation and frustration. I knew that people with diabetes were on Twitter. I knew plenty of them had blogs of their own. But almost two years ago when I purchased that URL (http://tobesugarfree.com), I didn’t know what it meant to be part of the Diabetes Online Community.
But through the highs and lows, with the thousands of blog posts that I’ve read, the hundreds of posts that I’ve written (admittedly not all about diabetes) and the hours of real conversations that I’ve had with these people on my podcast, I think I have an idea about what it means to be part of the Diabetes Online Community.
Being part of this community means we struggle, together, to fight with our insurance companies for coverage of our Contiuous Glucose Monitors.
Being part of this community means we stay up at ridiculous hours dealing with scary lows. If possible we would be there counting down those fifteen minutes after 15g of carbs. I suppose the late-night tweets qualify for camaraderie there.
Being part of this community means we fly across the country to celebrate a 20 year diagnosis anniversary, a gathering of the social media minds in Florida, or just a meetup for cupcakes. That’s just what we do.
There’s so much to all of us in the Diabetes Online Community that while we do share this common bond, it is my hope that I can provide a platform for the members of this community to share their stories. Not just stories about living with, or with a person that has diabetes but their life stories.
Truth be told, I really have no idea what I’m doing with any of this. My blog isn’t meant to be a beacon of hope or inspiration. My Twitter feed is filled with nonsense more often than not. My diabetes management, while improving, can always be better. I’m nothing special. I’m not a role model. I’m not an advocate.
What I am is a person living with this disease with just enough free time to find a way to share my experiences with anyone who stumbles across my platforms. Find my blog and nod in agreement as I try to describe what a blood glucose test of 36 mg/dL feels like. Find a post talking about my struggles with Lantus and rest easy knowing you’re not the only one questioning their insulin therapy. Find my Twitter stream and see all of the people with diabetes that I’m talking to each and every day, and know you’re not alone in this marathon. Find my podcast and learn about these people beyond the test strips, insulin pens, infusion sets and alcohol swabs.
I’m not an advocate. But I am part of a larger effort of connected and passionate people that happen to have mutinous (or severely overworked) pancreata that supports each other through every aspect of living with this disease. Maybe one day I will earn my Advocacy stripes, but right now I’m okay just being a guy with a blog. Even if you don’t have anything momentous to say, sometimes just being part of the conversation is enough. Don’t be afraid to join in the conversation. Who knows…you might like it.
Chistopher Snider-Person Living With Type 1 Diabetes
You can read more about Christopher at A Consequence of Hypoglycemia.
Follow his Tweets about diabetes, gaming and more- @iam_spartacus
Listen to his Podcast-Just Talking