Participants Point of View

On January 3, 2011 by dsma_renata

Week 24 Participants Point of View by Martin Wood (@woodonwheels)

A Challenge for 2011

“What is the one diabetes related thing you are looking forward to in 2011?”

When I saw this question come across the screen on Wednesday’s DSMA tweet chat, I struggled with what to answer.

For the first time, in a lifetime of diabetes, I actually have more than one thing diabetes related that I am looking forward to in 2011 (as opposed to dreading). For a condition that we all wish we didn’t have, and wish no one else would ever be affected with, in 2011 I am choosing to be grateful for the opportunities that diabetes has given me. I know that not every day is going to be sunshine and daffodils with diabetes, but nevertheless, I am going to expect every day to be just that, and be optimistic.

First, I am looking forward to advocating for diabetes in 2011.

I aim to be a louder voice for diabetes this year than I ever have been before. I intend to use my blog at DiabeticallySpeaking.com, and opportunities that I have to guest blog, speak with others, and meet my fellow PWD’s to share my perspective of the realities of living with diabetes.

I also plan to ride my bike and walk for diabetes this year, both acts that will involve fundraising, to support efforts to find a cure that we so desperately need.

Second, I am very much looking forward to the Friends For Life international children with diabetes conference in Orlando, Florida from July 5-10, 2011. It’s going to be awesome to meet so many of my friends…no, OUR friends…from the DOC there! The list of participants is growing each week, and by the end of June I should have myself worked up into a good fit of excitement about it. For the first time this year there is going to be an adult Type 1 diabetes track. It’s going to be epic! To everyone in the DOC, if there is any way you can make it to Florida for this event in July, I am certain that it will be worth it, and I can’t wait to see you all there!

Third…and this is a big deal for me, and something I will be sharing more about in the coming months…I am looking forward to celebrating my 30th Diaversary on May 11, 2011. I’ve never celebrated my diaversary before. In fact, it never crossed my mind to celebrate it…until I joined the DOC in 2010. This year, I fully intend to take that day to be thankful, to stand up to diabetes, and to show it that I intend to be around long enough to see its demise.

For 2011, I am resolved to use my life with diabetes to help others. I want to look back at the end of 2011 and see the impact that we have all made. I believe that what we are doing, right now, at the beginning of 2011, are steps forward in the fight for a cure. Let’s find every excuse this year to push harder for more funds and support for research and a cure. Let’s make an effort to be more vocal and increase awareness. We’ve got a lot of new government folks in Washington and in our own states to bug this year, so let’s let them have it. Let’s celebrate our victories, and share our achievements and stories with the world. Most of all, let’s laugh and be thankful, in spite of diabetes.

Are you up to the challenge?

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