This is the sixth year of Diabetes Blog Week, started by Karen over at Bitter~Sweet Diabetes. All of us diabetes bloggers are given a subject to write about each day during this week, and after we publish each day’s installment, we’ll go back and link our posts on her site. Want to know more? CLICK HERE.
Here we are.. the final day of Diabetes Blog Week 2015. Thank you Karen for this fantastic idea, and for all of the hard work you put in every year to make this a really great week.
This is the conclusion of my fourth year of participation in #DBlogWeek, and it’s the first year that I’ve written on all of the topics. I usually use one or two of the wildcard topics, but this year, all of the topics just spoke to me.
Including today’s topic: Continuing Connections.
“The very first inspiration for Diabetes Blog Week was to help connect our blogging community, and that continues to be the most important reason it’s held every year. So let’s help foster and continue those connections as we wrap up another Dblog Week. Share a link to a new blog you’ve found or a new friend you’ve made. Or pick a random blog off of the Participant’s List, check it out and share it with us. Let’s take some time today to make new friends.”
This is a reaaalllly difficult topic. Please understand that when I give you links to two of the posts that I really liked this week, they are not the only posts I found interesting or inspiring. They are two among the many, many blog posts I read, commented on, got misty over, and thought about during this time. I love reading new and old blogs, and finding out about how people go through their daily lives with diabetes along for the ride.
Okay, with that disclaimer out of the way, here we go:
First, a blog that’s been around for a while. Alanna Swartz writes Life on T1, about her experiences in Nova Scotia, working for JDRF, and getting ready to get married. Oh, and about diabetes too. She is a super-duper advocate.
On Day 3 of Diabetes Blog Week (Clean it Out), she opened up to talk about body image issues, how people perceive them, how hard she works every day, and why she just is so done with worrying about it anymore. It was an incredibly brave post, and it made me want to hug her and tell her that I am in her corner no matter what. Check this out.
This next blog is one that has been around a while, but one that I have just found this week. Steve writes at a blog called Without Envy, where he writes about life as a parent of a girl with Type 1 Diabetes. On Day 4 (Changes), he talked about Empathy and Effort, in a well-written post entitled A New Utopia. Seriously, this guy is a good writer.
Bonus: I know I said I had two links to share, but I have a bonus for you too. Molly Schreiber lives in Baltimore like me, and on her blog called And Then You’re At Jax she had a rant on Day 4 that says exactly how we all feel sometimes when it comes to people who think they know what to tell us about our diabetes. It’s definitely worth a bonus read.
I have so enjoyed reading new and existing blogs this week! I hope you’ve enjoyed Diabetes Blog Week as much as I have. But check back again soon. There are some new things coming to this space very soon. In the meantime, enjoy your Sunday.