As most of you know..I am a grandmother and a Type 3 (once removed)! That is..I do not have diabetes, my children do not have diabetes, it is my oldest grandson that was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes!
As any of my friends and family will tell you, I am the definition of a Mother Hen! Not necessarily a good thing, but none-the-less it is a part of who I am!! “D” showed up 7 years ago and threatened a member of my family.. “D” did not just come in and steal a part of my grandson (his pancreas), it took a piece of all of us and forever changed our family! I HAD TO do what I could to make “D” give it back!
I volunteered with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and started out just participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes every year. Then I became a JDRF Advocate and periodically wrote to my congressman asking him to please do what he could to make sure that diabetes research is funded so that a cure can be found as soon as possible. And 2 years ago I was asked to be the Advocacy Leader. Saying “no” is a very hard thing for me to say and thank goodness. Being the JDRF Advocacy Leader I was invited to attend their Government Day in Washington DC.
And so it began….
At this year’s Government Day, I was introduced to the Diabetes Online Community. Something I didn’t even know existed! Listening to all of those young men and women talk about the DOC and the support it gives to its members , I knew I had to learn more. I think it kind of started as a joke, but somehow this old gramma (thanks to Scott and Kerri) left DC that week with my own blog site and twitter account!
The DOC not only offers support to each other that is beyond description, it is so much more. It is, in almost every sense of the word, FAMILY! The members of the DOC laugh together, they cry together, they educate each other, they all love unicorns and cupcakes, they advocate, they vent their frustrations without being judged, they are there for each other 24/7, they encourage each other during tough times and they celebrate the victories!
They live their lives, day in and day out, 24/7 with no vacations from “D” and shout “YOU CAN DO THIS!” with pride! Each and every one of you living with diabetes are my heroes!
I am so grateful to George http://ninjabetic.squarespace.com
for inviting me to a D meet-up last Saturday. He is going to be speaking to some of our advocates next month about the DOC and I am so excited!
I got to see Scott http://scottsdiabetes.com/
And I got to meet Jenny and her husband http://web.me.com/wyldceltic1
and last but not least…..
Brad Slaight aka “Meter Boy” http://www.captainglucoseandmeterboy.com/
Thank you all for your courage, commitment and dedication to the DOC and for making me feel so welcome at your table!