Guest Post: How the DOC changed my life by Faye
I don’t know how we did it, but we did. We managed this through elementary school, middle school, high school, a move from California to Japan and back, and college. During this time, I had met about three people with type 1 diabetes.
One day before my wedding, I was looking for ideas on how to hide my OmniPod for the big day. I stumbled upon TuDiabetes…and believe me when I say the world stopped for a few minutes as I looked around the forums and the website. I couldn’t believe I had finally, FINALLY found a place to connect with other diabetics.
Since then, I’ve branched out and met others in the diabetes online community, mostly through Twitter and blogs (the first one I was found was Six Until Me). Even better, a weekly Twitter chat called DSMA brings us all together in real time to discuss topics set by our lovely moderator Cherise. It’s the best virtual d-meet up you could ever ask for, with different opinions, witty sayings, and reports of seeing glitter-farting unicorns (by the way, I’m waiting for funding to test out the theory that this cures diabetes). Fun times all around!
While I can’t participate in DSMA every Wednesday night, it’s something I always look forward to (even if I have to read the transcript the next day), and when I’m on it, don’t bother talking to me. That hour belongs to DSMA and DSMA alone.
I can vouch that because of DSMA, TuDiabetes, blogs, and the DOC in general, I’ve been so much more involved in my own diabetes care. Pre-DOC, I was SWAGing everything– and not taking care of myself the best way I could. While I didn’t skip shots or anything crazy like that, my self-care was nowhere near ideal. Things changed when I discovered this community of amazing individuals. I was held to a higher standard and held accountable for my care. It was also a place for me to vent and to commiserate with others living with the same ups and down as me, albeit during different times.
If the DOC is that bolus-worthy slice of cake, DSMA is the icing on that cake (with a side of Diet Coke, or even better, Coke Zero). Whether you’re a veteran diabetic, a new diabetic, a lurker, or a type 3 (supporter of a loved one with diabetes), come join us on Wednesday nights! I promise you won’t regret it.
You can read more about Faye on her blog: Sugar Bump
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