I can do it.

On July 23, 2012 by Cherise Shockley
July’s Blog Carnival topic is one of my favorites.  The diabetes online community has grown tremendously in the past 4 years (when I found it).  I love the online community because of the differences, diversity and the support.  I met Stephen a few months back on Twitter-he’s a great guy.  I was happy when he submitted a post for the blog carnival.  Check out Stephen’s story on what he’s learned from the diabetes community.
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July’s DSMA Blog Carnival touches on a question from the June 13th DSMA Twitter Chat, talking about the Diabetes Online Community, and asking us to fill in the blanks:The diabetes community has taught me how to _______ and _______.

I remember saying then that the Diabetes Community has taught me how to tell my story and that the future counts more than the past.

This photo is a small, but good, example of the kind of impact that the DOC has made on me.

I’m going to tell you a secret:  I’m a pretty smart guy, but sometimes, I miss the most obvious things.  For years… for decades, in fact, I kept my glucose meter at home.  With few exceptions, it stayed in the kitchen all the time.  I couldn’t take that thing out in public, could I?  Actually, it just didn’t occur to me to check my BGs in the truck, at work, on a day trip somewhere.  I never saw anyone else doing it, so I didn’t either.  Stupid, right?

I have to admit:  I just didn’t think about doing something that comes so naturally to almost all of you reading this.

Enter the DOC.  Now I’m reading about glucose checks on the beach, in school, at work, at the mall, in a restaurant, in a restaurant at the mall… you get the idea.  I was like:  What?  You can do that?  Get outta here!  My eyes were opened.

So in the past year (almost) since I’ve discovered this cozy community along the Information Superhighway, here are some of the places I’ve conducted my own personal blood glucose screenings:

- My truck (pictured)
- On the subway (not the restaurant)
- At the grocery store
- On the bus to New York
- On the bus from New York
- On the beach at Ocean City
- At the gym
- On my 100 mile bike ride (no, I can’t check while riding– yet)
- At the airport
- At the Washington Monument (in Baltimore– look it up)
- At the Washington Monument (actually in Washington, DC)
- In a restaurant (not at the mall)

Hey, I realize this sounds silly.  But honestly, there are so many meaningful things I’ve learned from D-Veterans and D-Rookies, D-Wives and D-Husbands, D-Moms and D-Dads.  Product reviews, tips and tricks, even relationship advice (don’t tell the Spouse).  I often think about people who were like me, living this life alone, lacking information and support, with no sense of how full their lives can be.

Mostly, I’ve learned how to tell my story.  Okay, I’m learning to tell my story.  Honestly and without pulling punches, without shame.  And thanks to the Diabetes Online Community, I feel like there’s a lot more story to tell.  The best is yet to come.  Rock on, DOC.  Keep the information coming.

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Thank you, Stephen for sharing your story with us! If you want to continue to follow Stephen’s journey with diabetes, visit http://happy-medium.net/.

2 Responses to “I can do it.”

  • This doesn’t sound silly at all!!! I learned a lot of “basic” stuff from the DOC too – stuff that makes me think “how did I not think of this” . . . . but I didn’t. Thanks for sharing, because I certainly can relate to your journey.

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