Guest Post: Community Matters by George “Ninjabetic” Simmons
Title: Community Matters
We are people with diabetes that are online. We have moved out of that horrible place of feeling alone and have been blessed to find more support than we could have ever imagined! We still struggle but we at least have a safe place to come and vent about it.
We MUST get the word out.
There are many more PWD’s in the world that feel the way we once felt. They wake up and feel like they are alone in the diabetes fight and are terrified of what this disease is doing to their bodies. They are confused about how they feel, the guilt of every number, and are curious about new technology. Friends and family members are telling them they should eat better, take better care of themselves, and they should exercise more.
They are told they cannot eat anything with sugar in it. They are scolded if they “cheat” like a criminal but eating a cookie. They feel rotten for doing such an awful thing and feeling like the worst diabetic in the world. “Surely every diabetic takes better care of themselves than this,” they think.
These are the brothers and sisters of our diabetes family and they are need of a lifeboat, a lifeboat filled with a community ready to embrace them and make them feel normal. Our kind of normal.
As I have gotten older I realize that it is not right to not share a good thing. Especially a GREAT thing like the diabetes online community. We need to extend an arm past our keyboards and smart phones and find a way to reach all of the PWD’s out there looking for support.
We have a community, we have a voice, and we need to use it to make the lives of our diabetes family a little easier by just letting them know that they are not alone.
What can we do you ask? How do we do this? The answers are not completely figured out but I have a few ideas.
Consider joining some diabetes support groups in your local community and let them know about the Online Community too. They may be able to pass it along to people who need it.
Go to any and all diabetes events in your area. Just walking around one of those things does not feel like you have support, it can actually be overwhelming. Hand out flyers or business cards for your blog, or with your twitter handle. Invite a person with diabetes to become an online friend and member of our community.
Share about your disease with those around you. Educate people about diabetes. Let family members of diabetics know that the PWD in their family should send you an email to connect.
There are so many things we can do to get the word out. How dare we not do them?
I could not imagine my life without the D-OC. Could you?
Spread the word and be that lifeboat.
To read more about George you can visit his website: Ninjabetic.com
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