I didn’t use to talk about my diabetes. I figured folks didn’t want to hear about it. I also didn’t want it to become a part of my every day.
But when I started this blog, I realized it is a part of my every day. No, it’s not my only identity and as someone so recently reminded me: it is not the most interesting thing about me.
I am more than Type 1 diabetes. I have 22 years that confirm this. By talking about it, I help to educate others about its existence and effects, but the truth is I write and talk about it to feel less alone.
Even though there is an online community of support, the self-managing nature of the disease makes it lonely at times. And even if those around me have no idea what I’m talking about, just acknowledging my words can make all the difference.
So, thank you.
This post is part of my 30 Days With Diabetes series.