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D-Blog Day 2009

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and today is D-Blog Day -- conceived four years ago by Gina Capone at Diabetes Talkfest as a means of celebrating the power of this ever-growing online community to share, to educate, to support anyone willing to write their story, make a comment, or simply read a d-blog.

My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just over five years ago -- and honestly, I don't know how I would have coped had I not blogged about our lives here. I needed a place to unload -- but more than that, I needed to find others who could tell me that, yes, we could do this.

That my boy would be okay.

Sometimes it was hard, reading those other stories. Hearing about the frustrations, the complications, the fears this disease can instill in those touched by it.

Nevertheless, I needed to know.

But then too, were the stories about coping -- about thriving -- despite everything this disease throws at you.

So am I now certain that my boy will be okay?

No, I'm not.

But thanks to this wonderful community, I know he has an amazing shot at being so much better.

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