Reminder: What This is All About

I was at a diabetes retreat for young adults, the first time I have really been able to interact with people close to my own age. No one knows it but due to issues in my life I was very close to taking WAY more insulin than I should have and being around those people was the only thing that kept me from doing it.

- Submitted to My Diabetes Secret

Don’t ever discount the power of “me too”. It’s a powerful, sometimes life-saving feeling. While it may be a bit hyperbolic to say that all of these diabetes blogs are saving lives every day, we’re certainly helping fight the good fight.

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A Final Thought on #dblgocheck

This? Right here? Is what all of the fuss was about.

Thanks again for participating.

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Mental Jui-Jitsu

As my endocrinologist appointment approaches later this summer and I prepare to start wearing an insulin pump for the first time, I’ve noticed a new range of thoughts and emotions around the upcoming change to my diabetes management. I’ll try to lay it out, but I must warn you: my mind works in mysterious ways.

It goes something like this:

  • Wearing an insulin pump is an open display of my diabetes
  • This isn’t exactly new to me as I’ve been wearing my Dexcom sensor on my arms for years now
  • But this will be different in that it will not be as easy to contain the visibility of the pump, the tubing, or other components I’m forgetting
  • On one hand, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – see #showmeyourpump
  • But this will still be new to me
  • I don’t care
  • But I do
  • To be more specific, I don’t care what people will say or think if they see my insulin pump
  • But I have to actively not care about caring what people will say or think if they see my insulin pump

I’m not anticipating ridicule or persecution or anything like that, but I think I’m going to need some emotional training to go along with my technical training when I start using this thing. Thus, the mental jui-jitsu referenced in the title…this could get tricky.

I remember when I used to go to the bathroom to take my insulin injections when I was first diagnosed. I remember injecting insulin under the dinner table so no one had to see my insulin pens. I remember going out of my way to make my diabetes comfortable for everyone else to be around instead of putting my health above all. Yes, things will be easier with a pump now that insulin will be a few button presses away, but I’m still anticipating/dreading…dreanticipating? all of the new adjustments I’m going to need to make to my life to get along with this new device.

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#dblogcheck is Tomorrow

I’m encouraging everyone who reads a diabetes blog to leave a comment on that post tomorrow. Make it thoughtful, make it silly, or simply make it a “Check!”, but leave a comment.

A lot of the stories you hear among members of the diabetes community follow the template of “I thought I was alone”, and tomorrow’s check-in day is another way to remind each other that we aren’t alone in any of this.

To help find each other, I’m also recommending you share your blog posts on whatever platform(s) you desire with the tag #dblogcheck. Particularly for people using TweetDeck or Hootsuite, this will be especially helpful.

To show my appreciation in advance for your helping grow the diabetes online community, here are some animated gifs to represent the anticipation for tomorrow.

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#dblogcheck Update: The Tribe Has Spoken

Next Tuesday (July 22) I’m encouraging everyone to comment on every single blog post they read. Even if it’s just a “Check!”, leave a comment on everything. It may seem like a tough task, but it’s worth it.

For those of you catching up to this whole #dblogcheck thing, here are some posts to provide background on what’s going on.

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Bringing Back #dblogcheck

I still maintain that I don’t need to be the person to direct the mob on this one, but there was enough of a push to gauge interest so here we are.

For those of you new to the fun, I had the idea of a “Check-In Day” last year, and I think it went well. The objective for this was not based in metrics. This isn’t about pageviews, or clicks, or referrals, or anything like that.

I like the idea of a check-in day because it helps remind members of the diabetes community of the size and scope of what all of this is. It’s another way to reaffirm the notion that we aren’t alone. It’s an opportunity to say “Hi. I read this. Thank you.”

And, it’s a great way to connect with people new to the diabetes community and discover blogs new to the Internet.

So what do you think, eager-readers? Is this something you’d be up for? We can set a date later, but if we drum up enough momentum are you game to comment on every single diabetes blog you read for one day?

Remember, a comment can be as simple as writing “Check!” on our day of fun. Sharing posts with #dblogcheck on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest? will help everyone find other blogs, too. Yes, it can be a lot of work, but I think it’s worth the time and energy.

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I Hearby Pledge to Abide By The HONcode

Thank you for your support and your help in improving the quality of Medical and health information available on the World Wide Web.

We acknowledge receipt of your submission for HONcode certification for the site at http://tobesugarfree.com.

As a result, you may notice a few updates to the About page, Disclosure Policy, and the addition of a Privacy Policy. Nothing has changed as far as you’re concerned, but being open and explicitly stating what’s what is a big deal with the folks at HONcode. As silly as I can be, I do want to be taken seriously when I have something serious to say. This certification, if I get it, will help with the serious.

Wish me luck.

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