The title of my blog/website probably lends itself to confusion and debate. So I’d like to disclose what exactly I intend for it to mean.
First of all, I came up with the title “The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes” about 8 years ago. I was daydreaming about finding a book about diabetes that I would find helpful but also enjoyable. I love “girl’s guide” books because they are written by women specifically for women (and tend to be fun to read). At some point I made a list of topics I would like to read about in a resourceful, fun, and soulful diabetes book.
I couldn’t find such a book and on a whim decided I’d write the darn thing. I wrote several chapters but kept getting stuck because I didn’t feel ready. I was still in a dark place regarding my life with diabetes. I still had high A1c’s and I couldn’t discipline myself to even get out of bed most days. I dropped out of college since all I did there was suffer anxiety attacks. I couldn’t even test twice a day. Twice a day was too hard. I cried all the time and was filled with negative self-talk. How was I going to encourage others when I couldn’t even encourage myself?
Eventually a series of findings (all of which are chronicled on this site) helped get me back on track and my entire life changed for the better.
Since part of what I want to include in the book is inspiration, I feel like I need to reveal all of my diabetes past. I want to show how someone could go from very depressed and overweight with unmanaged diabetes to a much happier, healthier person with great blood sugar management. I want to share my journey in case it gives hope to those who find themselves feeling how I once did. I just want to say, “You can do it. Your path will be your own but you can improve.” Because it’s not even about reaching some diabetes success summit. It’s about getting to a better place than you are now. Anyway, I’m now back to work on that book.
I have invited my sister Ana Morales, also a type 1 diabetic, to contribute to the blog whenever she wants for different reasons. Firstly, she and I are very different. She is a role model for me in humility and in the way she “lives and lets live”. Ana is also about 8 years younger and in a different stage of life. She is a great creative writer and artist and is following her dreams in studio art at James Madison University and thus offers a fresh perspective on life with diabetes. Plus, I’m hoping she’ll contribute to and illustrate the book!
More than anything…
I just want to say that where the title of this blog says “guide” I do not mean for you to “do as I do” or to “think as I think”. I am not trying to give the impression that I’m the diabetic “to follow” or someone with all the answers. By no means. I’m writing the book and I just so happened to think matching the title of the book with the blog was a good idea. And on this website I am doing my best in trying to help our cause and welcome any contributions to that in the form of emails or comments.
What I do…
- I try to post about topics I find worth mentioning.
- I advocate for diabetics everywhere by putting up my most brave and vulnerable thoughts so diabetics can relate and not feel so alone and so non-diabetics will be moved to help our cause or at the very least, understand us better.
- I post comments every day on as many fellow diabetic blogs as I can in hopes that they will continue feeling supported to keep doing their fantastic writing and sharing and advocating.
- I post about issues in dire need of awareness because although my site traffic is not that of a huge website, I still figure it helps to do my small part in spreading word about important diabetes initiatives such as The Big Blue Test, for example.
- I interview diabetics who inspire me in hopes they’ll inspire those who read my site.
- I constantly try to make it clear when I’m not sure about something or when I’m just testing something out and I don’t have problems with differing opinions.
- I advocate strongly for every diabetic (every human being) taking responsibility for their actions. I am insistent on this because only through taking responsibility for MY actions have I managed to come to a much better place in health and in life.
- I am moved easily and feel a great deal of empathy. This makes me worry about everyone out there but also helps keep me motivated. I feel at home with advocating for diabetics and I have boundless energy and enthusiasm for it.
So in closing…
If my website helps spread diabetes awareness, great. If my blogging about a helpful initiative gets that cause more support, fantastic. Most of all, my wish is that this site…
- inspires you to learn more about your diabetes,
- encourages you to take responsibility for your actions, and
- motivates you to follow through with the right actions to reach your goals.
I’m learning a great deal through this website and it’s all because of you.
Thanks for reading.