This week I signed up to participate in diabetes blog week. Diabetes blog week was started by a diabetes blogger – www.bittersweetdiabetes.com. Each day bloggers write about a certain topic. I didn’t really realize when I signed up that we were given topics to write about so yesterday’s post had nothing to do with the topic of the day. Yesterday was about changing the world and diabetes advocacy. So I’m making up for that topic today. Today’s topic is poetry. I’m not sure if I can write a poem but I’ll give it a shot.
The on-line diabetes community provides a great source of information and ideas. When you have diabetes you have to learn to manage it yourself. There is no pre-prescribed treatment, every day is a different story so unless you live with a diabetes educator and a nutritionist then for the most part you are on your own. Your doctor can only see a snip it of your day/days and as most diabetics know one day can be completely different than the next. Having the support and the experiences of others in the community plays a huge part in successfully managing the disease.
I have been blogging for a few years now albeit very sporadically. I wish I could write more and be more consistent unfortunately work and life (and training!) get in the way. I enjoy writing but it is not easy for me and it is very time consuming. No matter how many times I re-read what I write I’m always changing something and I worry that I am going to sound stupid. Most of my writing is centered around my races and my training. I started my blog not because I’m an expert in diabetes or exercise or exercising with diabetes but because I really want to make a difference somehow. I don’t feel like I’m changing the world and whether or not I do make a difference is yet to be determined but if just one person who has diabetes reads about what I do while managing this disease and decides to try a triathlon or a running race or even just hops on their bike to go for a ride because of my blog then I have changed something.
Much like my fitness challenges, I am taking on the challenge to write something meaningful every day for 7 days while diabetes blog week is happening.
Here is my Haiku poem.
I will take a run
I will feel euphoria