Wishing a Happy and Healthy 2016 for everyone in the Diabetes Online Community. Cheers!
Today is the 7th anniversary of my diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. Wow, only seven years? It feels like so much longer. Alas, just seven years. Seven years of knowing, caring, surviving, and sharing.
Seven years of knowing that I have a two invisible chronic illnesses for which there are no cures. Seven years of knowing that I’m not alone in my fight. That there are millions of others fighting the same things. Seven years of getting to know some of the most amazing people around. Lots of love to everyone in the Diabetes Online Community.
Seven years of caring more about my well being. Seven years of doing everything I possibly could to beat the odds against me. Seven years of caring for those around me, both online and offline. Seven years of being me.
Seven years of surviving the many challenges before me. Seven years of enduring the daily routines required to stay alive. Seven years of painful medical procedures and tests to monitor changes both good and bad.
Seven years of sharing my story with the world. Sharing both my victories and my defeats, showing what it’s really like to live with these conditions. Sharing the message that it is possible to live well with both. And that there is no shame in being diagnosed with them.
You’ve surely noticed the repetition in this post by now, and you may very well be ready to leave it. And, honestly, I really can’t blame you. I’d love to leave it all behind too. But I can’t. That’s life with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure.
This post was originally written in 2011 in response to a prompt from the National Health Blog Post Month writing challenge. I’ve been considering the future of my online diabetes activism lately, and I felt this worth sharing again.
Prompt: The future of online activism. Our favorite social media sites are constantly undergoing renovations to become quicker to navigate, easier to interact with, all encompassing, mobile, and everywhere. Imagine the same thing about your community – how will they evolve, improve, and grow?
I may have an interesting blue scar on my forehead, but I’m no wizard or magical being with a crystal ball which will show me what the future holds for online diabetes activism, advocacy, what ever. Frankly, I don’t need a crystal ball to know this one thing:
As long as there is no cure for all types of diabetes, as long as we are still fighting this awful disease, there will be online diabetes activism.
We will continue our efforts to raise awareness, to educate the public about the realities of the types of diabetes, to combat the myths and BS that we deal with every day.
We will continue to support each other in our fight to live a long and fulfilling life with the various types of diabetes. We must keep fighting for a cure, but we must live the best life we can until we get to that goal.
Ultimately, we will continue to be the Diabetes Online CommUNITY!
My Diabetic Heart by Mike Durbin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.