Guest Post: How the DOC changed my life by Faye

On November 10, 2010 by Cherise Shockley
How the DOC changed My life

When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May 1993 (towards the end of third grade), my parents and I were virtually clueless on how to manage the disease. Sure, the doctors and nurses gave us pointers before we left the hospital, but after three days, we were sent on our way to face this faceless monster, all without a trained eye looking over our collective shoulder.

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.

Faye, Person Living With Type 1 Diabetes

You can read more about Faye on her blog: Sugar Bump

Follow Faye’s sweet tweets: _sugarbump

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