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Admiring Our Differences: The Super Action-y DOC’ers

This post is my first entry in the Second Annual Diabetes Blog Week.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have some level of admiration and respect for every single person I’ve encountered in the Diabetes Online Community. And holy crap, are we a varied lot. Thanks to my newfound friends, I now have a better understanding of what it’s like to be a diabetic mother, a mother to a diabetic child, a person with Type 2 or Type 1.5 diabetes — even a diabetic hardcore athlete.

But there’s one special group of Diabetes Online Community folks that always really impress me: those of you who actually, you know, do stuff. Sure, it’s easy to sit behind a computer and wax poetic about the gusher site you extinguished that day, or to post pictures of the low-carb feast you’ve prepared for lunch. I’m talking about the bloggers and DOC’ers who are full-on, in-your-face, ready-to-educate, public-speaking, money-raising activists.

I’m talking about Kelly, who isn’t afraid to take the likes of Ricki Lake or Reader’s Digest to task on the misinformation they (sometimes unintentionally) spread about diabetes.

I’m talking about Mr. Scott K. Johnson, who will talk to anyone — anywhere — about how diabetes works in the world. Cops, even!

I’m talking about Joanne, who serves as her daughter’s pancreas and raises money for JDRF with Team Elise.

Sometimes, I feel like it’s all I can do to count the carbs in an English muffin and put my face on on a Tuesday morning. Or that the prospect of keeping up a diabetes blog on a regular basis — in addition to living with diabetes, having a job, and other life activities — is overwhelming. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never participated in a JRDF walk, or spoken to the local Rotary Club, or taken on a national publication. I think that’s what keeps me in awe of you guys.

You’re not just telling us about what it’s like to live with diabetes — you’re letting us in on what it’s like to actively beat the crap out of it. From the bottom of my pancreas: Thank you!

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