And Diabetes Blog Week Begins. Today: Message Monday.

Welcome to Diabetes Blog Week! Diabetes Blog Week is just like it sounds… diabetes bloggers all blogging on daily topics for an entire week. Or, in this year’s case, for five days. To find out all about Diabetes Blog Week and to sign up,

As always, thank you to Karen Graffeo, creator and curator of Diabetes Blog Week. She’s awesome.

Welcome to Diabetes Blog Week 2016. I’m glad you could join us. We begin this year with: Message Monday.
Let’s kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog? (Thank you, Heather Gabel, for this topic suggestion)
When I think of diabetes awareness, I’m actually thinking about making people aware of diabetes. Our condition is easy to not notice when people are not confronted with it. So it’s important for me to make sure people are aware of the fact that yes, it’s likely they know someone living with diabetes. In fact, diabetes is probably much closer to them than they might think.

But it’s more than that. Diabetes awareness also means giving people a window to my life with diabetes. And some insight into what other People With Diabetes go through every day. That’s important, because the more people know, the more they’re going to care about people living with diabetes. I want them to care.

It’s also making people aware of the things that really matter to People With Diabetes. Things like access to the proper care, drugs, devices, and support that will help them live a happy life for many years into the future. And it means making them aware that even if diabetes isn’t a part of their lives, chronic illness, to borrow a quote out of the republican playbook, is under attack in America. The more they know about that, the more they’re going to care too.

Finally, I want them to know that I can be a success with diabetes in my life. It’s not always easy. In fact, it’s never easy. But I can live the same kind of life, dreaming many of the same dreams that people not living with diabetes dream, while actually making some of those dreams come true. I want people to be aware that I’m not an anomoly… I’m just like they are, only I have diabetes as a permanent part of my life.

When I started this blog, I wanted to tell my story. I wanted to leave something behind that relatives and future relatives could read and learn from. And I wanted to have fun doing it.

I don’t know when my message morphed from that to the one described above it. But it happened. And just like everything else in my life, my message has changed over the years. Hopefully, whatever it is, my message will resonate and be helpful long after my blogging days are done.

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  • Kelley  On May 16, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Stephen, your message is so important. I think you are one of the main people to bring awareness to issues affecting people with diabetes and you do such a good job of staying informed and sharing. You are such a valuable member of the DOC-thanks!

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  • Frank  On May 16, 2016 at 11:39 am

    A great message Stephen. You write so well, and you always come across very respectful of others. I’ve no doubt that your messages will continue to resonate with others, as well as your advocacy offline.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Laddie  On May 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    You’re one of my blogging heroes, Stephen, and thanks for everything that you do for the DOC.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Kerri.  On May 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for everything you do, Stephen. I’m really glad you decided to, and continue to, share your story. xo

    Liked by 1 person

  • Jenn  On May 16, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Your message is still amazing. Thank you for continuing to put it out there.. changed or not, it is worth every read.


  • Karen  On May 16, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    So well said, Stephen. I love what your original message has grown in to, and I want to thank you for all you do!


  • Colleen  On May 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    You’re a great guy and I’m glad I can call you a friend!

    Liked by 1 person

  • Rick Phillips  On May 16, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Stephen, I also blog for a reason. Mine is my grandchildren, and hopefully, someday they will see the words I butcher and leave for them.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Ally  On May 17, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Well said, Stephen. You should be very proud of the topnotch advocacy you do for us.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Ashleigh  On May 17, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Great message & great blog. Can’t wait to hear more from you this week.

    Liked by 1 person

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