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Introducing my diabetes story

In this introduction I'd like to talk about my personal history with diabetes, my journey with blogging, how writing about diabetes has helped me (and hopefully others), and what I'd like you to take away from my work here.

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April of 1980 at the age of five. At that age I wasn't able to process many of the emotional aspects that come along with a chronic diagnosis like diabetes. As I grow older, I continually cycle through the stages of accepting diabetes (and I do believe it is a continuous cycle).

Sharing our diabetes stories is important

Writing is one of my favorite ways to work through those stages. The exercise of assigning words and phrases to the often muddy and complicated feelings I have is therapeutic for me.

Late in 2004 I started a blog about my life with diabetes. What started out as a handful of us "bloggers" (Kathleen, Kerri, and Amy to name a few) has grown beyond count, and continues to grow every day. We're actively embracing new communication channels (such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and whatever is coming next) to stay in touch with our tribe.

I feel there is real power in simply sharing our stories with people. Think about it! We are changing what people find when they search the internet for diabetes! Typing "diabetes" into Google used to spit out very medical, very negative, and very scary information. Today you see stories of people living great lives, having successful careers, raising families, and working hard to manage diabetes. What we do makes a difference, and we know now that we are not alone.

I have received so much help and support from my participation in the diabetes online community that I cannot help but offer it all right back. It's a beautiful system that happened entirely by accident. I hope for my work here to be a picture of my struggles, my successes, and everything in-between. I'm also looking forward to sharing information about the many great people working hard to make our lives with diabetes better.

Diabetes is hard. It is physically hard sometimes, and almost always emotionally and mentally hard. I'm coming up on 32 years of practice with type 1, and I still don't have it all figured out. In fact, the more I learn the more I realize how little I really know. And that is perfectly fine.

I hope we can grow better together.

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About Scott K Johnson

Scott Johnson has been writing about his daily life with type 1 diabetes since 2004. Follow him on the Diabetes Collective to learn more about his story, learn about what's happening in the online diabetes community and more.

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Comments:

Scott Hoskins.. I mean Mike says:

15 May 2012 at 5:35 pm

Scott, absolutely love that you're sharing your story here at the D-Collective. So on spot that it's so important to share these stories of how we live with diabetes. Thanks for taking your message to a broader audience on this platform,my friend.

Scott Hoskins.. I mean Mike says:

15 May 2012 at 5:35 pm

Scott, absolutely love that you're sharing your story here at the D-Collective. So on spot that it's so important to share these stories of how we live with diabetes. Thanks for taking your message to a broader audience on this platform,my friend.

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