The word that comes to mind is INTENSE! Devoting our voices, as a community of people connected by an incurable illness, to the sharing of our stories could be nothing less! Every night I found myself staying up until the wee hours of the morning reading posts from many different vantage points. All of them powerful and necessary to the understanding of life with diabetes. I felt overwhelmed by being so totally immersed in stories that echoed my own. Incredibly moved by how many of the biggest advocates for a cure are our loved ones without diabetes. Reminded of how much parents sacrifice to ensure their children's well - being (THANKS, MOM AND DAD). Humbled by those who have endured more. Longing to learn from those who have done better. Awed by the powerful ways which people find to cope: prayer, art, triathlons, humor, poetry, advocacy. And on and beautifully on!
As a new blogger, it encouraged me to share details of my own story I had never really voiced before to the wider world. Even close friends and family told me they had not known the extent of some of my struggles. Searching the last 30 years for specific moments (even if I didn't share them all yet) crucial to my diabetes life was both difficult and enlightening. Trying to connect the dots of my own life and process all the stories I'd read the night before meant some mornings I cried before I even got out of bed! And I wouldn't want it any other way, because, in my experience, I recognize this as a sign of deep and soul felt healing.
So I want to say a heart felt thank you to Karen for such a fabulous job coordinating everybody's voice. To all those who viewed my posts, your support is SO MUCH APPRECIATED. To my husband who never wavers in his devotion no matter how many bad days, I LOVE YOU. And, another resounding NAMASTE to the entire diabetes online community for sharing your sorrows, your laughter, your anger, and your recognition of the blessings. YOU ARE AMAZING!
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