I wont ever forget it.
I was told by my good friend, that some of our other "friends" were complaining I tweeted "too much Diabetes already!".
I was hurt.
I was angry.
I was done.
See I had a twitter account, @Lexicakez. A regular account with a large group of followers. I tweeted about clothes, shoes, sex, music, marriage, my kids, and DIABETES. It came naturally to me. My son lives with Type 1, its there everyday, every minute. Why WOULDN'T I tweet!? I had ONE DOC follower. @cureT1Diabetes. But I didn't know of the actual DOC. Just this really nice lady who shared something in common with me.
I decided I wanted a clean slate, sans these stupid biatches. I deleted @Lexicakez, which was hard. I had a lot of pretty awesome people following me. Famous Radio Djs, Lady Gaga (SERIOUSLY), and others. But something inside told me to do it.
So I did. ParentsOfaType1? Type1Swagga? Ugh. None of these twitter names felt right. And then as if an angel whispered it in my ear "SUGAR_NOVA" was born.
I went and found @cureT1Diabetes, followed her and then it was like a miraculous chain of events. @colleanu, @colcalli, @diabetesalic, @mydiabeticheart @igotthasuga @shellgolladay @strangely_t1 @ninjabetic @scottkjohnson @lamerenguera @em180 @jennaspetmonkey. These were some of my first followers, and followees! Each one amazing. Each one welcomed me with open arms. They taught me so much, and I am forever grateful for each one of them.
On 4.9.10 I found family. Friends. People who not only understood what we we were dealing with but cared! I cant begin to explain, how the DOC has changed my life. Justices life.
A few months after tweeting (July to be exact) I was told by many a tweeter about blogging. I went for it. I found more DOC! More friends, more family.
Reyna, Lora, Laura, Hallie, Wendy, Heather, Renata, Heidi, Tracy, Jen, Misty, Penny, Nicole and Meri were my first D mama blogger followers. My D sistas! I cant begin to explain what they mean to me, words cant do it justice.I know that today isnt my blogaversary (however you spell that shit), but if not for twitter, you wouldn't be reading this right now!
It started with just a tweet. A hashtag including #bgnow, and the DOC found me! I found them! I honestly can say Twitter helped save us. We were lost, unsure and definitely without support from those who truly GOT IT.
I have learned more than I ever have from endos, books, CDEs, from all of you.
I don't know why they don't tell you the nittty gritty truth, but they don't.
When I found you guys we were MDI, weren't allowed to correct highs (which occurred all night), didn't know about ketone blood strips,thought there was only 1 kind of pump, only used glucose tabs, thought an A1C of 7-8 was all that was to be achieved, and didn't know the HARD CORE FACTS. (Not to mention we wouldn't have a Dexcom or enough strips right now!!)
I have changed. My friends see it. My family sees it. Some think why is she more consumed by D now? I am not. I am just more educated. And with that comes my responsibility to advocate and educate everyone else!
I can be a better pancreas because of YOU all.
I cant imagine living this D life, without having you all in it. Diabetes can still be a very dark place, at times I still cry, but theres great comfort in knowing that I have all of you there.
I thank you for welcoming us into your circle (blue one no doubt), into your elite group, of type 1s, 1.5s, 2s, and 3s.
One year ago today, I found the DOC.
And for that alone, Justice and I concur.. "D ain't all bad".