Why we need to tell our diabetes stories

We all want to relate. We all want to feel that connection of having someone understand our unique struggles. In a world full of isolation, it feels good to know that we're not alone. There are those living quietly with their diabetes, searching, wanting to connect with other people.

How do we do that? By sharing our stories about diabetes.

Have you ever thought about sharing your diabetes story?

I hope so. We need you.

Tell your diabetes story

Your story could be the source of a new connection; your unique experiences with diabetes and your voice of support and encouragement might be exactly what someone out there needs.

But, do you connect the same way with all of the diabetes blogs out there? Of course not. Some blog authors write in a way that resonates with you, while others hold no interest. There are numerous reasons why you might connect with that person, and that connection is what makes the diabetes online community special.

These connections are possible because people are sharing their diabetes stories. Because we deal with our diabetes in different ways, it is important to have a variety of voices to choose from.

Tools for sharing our diabetes stories

With tools like Blogger, Tumblr and WordPress, you can have a blog up and running in a matter of minutes, and there's no expense involved. But, blogs are not the only medium available for sharing with others. This idea extends itself to several forms of creative sharing, from YouTube videos to Facebook pages, Twitter to Pinterest.

It comes down to you. How do you want to tell your story?

I find writing about my diabetes therapeutic. There is something very dear to me about assigning words and phrases to what I'm feeling. It's a very important part of my diabetes self-care toolbox, and I hope that you'll think about adding it to yours.

I'm looking forward to finding your story out there!

About Scott K Johnson

Scott K. Johnson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April of 1980. He has been writing about his struggles and successes with diabetes since late 2004. Scott says "I'm your average guy living with type 1 diabetes. I don't have it all figured out, and sharing my struggles with diabetes helps by showing people that it is okay to still be trying to get it right, even after 32+ years."

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Richard Vaughn says:

7 October 2012 at 3:12 pm

Scott, I will have to admit this is the first time I have read one of your blogs. I have so many friends who are bloggers, but there is so little time for visiting blog sites. This one caught my eye, and I applaud your encouraging others to tell their stories! Thanks very much!

Kate says:

4 October 2012 at 8:49 am

Hear, hear! Well said Scott.

Shari says:

4 October 2012 at 8:36 am

Go Scott! Thanks for writing this. When I started my blog and learned about the DOC. I thought is was a secret society or web page that only the most established bloggers could belong to. But, as I am learning and growing everyday, I have created so many great friendships! I didn't have to be one of the first D bloggers out there. I just had to read everyone's story and share mine. In doing this, I have acquired so many great pieces of advice on how to care for my son. I love the DOC and I appreciate everyone's story!

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