Catharsis Through Honesty

I don’t know why, but I found myself thinking about a post I read on Kerri’s blog a while back that opened up the idea of anonymously sharing diabetes secrets. I don’t know how many comments Kerri normally gets, but this post had nearly 120 anonymous comments – nearly 120 anonymous people sharing intimate diabetes secrets. As powerful as rereading all of those comments was, I think there’s potential for something more evergreen to support this notion of secret sharing.

Whenever I talk about the importance of the diabetes community I tend to default back to this idea of the power of “me too”. Realizing that I’m not the only person dealing with these emotions eases the burden of mentally managing diabetes. There’s a strange comfort knowing that the simple act of sharing a picture of my Dexcom receiver with all its imperfections might offer some solace to another person with diabetes riding a similar glucoaster.

To that end, I’ve created a platform that aims to continue what Kerri started with her blog post almost three years ago – http://mydiabetessecret.tumblr.com/

Yes, another tumblr blog.

Tumblr is a little weird about anonymous submissions, which it treats differently from questions, but there’s a simple workaround for everyone. Simply use the name ‘Anonymous’ and the email address ‘anonymous@gmail.com’ if you choose to share your diabetes secret anonymously.

This isn’t a competition to see who can come up with the most extreme confession. This is a place for people to vent their frustrations without fear of judgement. This is a place for others to find comfort knowing that they aren’t the only people experiencing a bad day. This is a place for people to share without shame. I encourage you to read the comments on Kerri’s post and keep http://mydiabetessecret.tumblr.com/ in mind in case you ever feel the need to share a secret of your own.

I think this could work.

Thoughts?

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