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"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder."

December 10, 2010

For all of you who participated in #dsma on Wednesday night, I want to thank you for welcoming me with what felt like open arms, open minds and open hearts.  The replies & RTs made me feel like I’ve been there before.  I have to admit though, I’m not knowledgeable about insurance and insurance company policies, or how it can affect me.  I just got my own insurance, but have not had to pay for my own prescriptions since I still have insulin and strips from the last time on my parent’s insurance.  And the only thing I knew about clinical trials is that Rebel got denied for one this summer because her pancreas still makes C-peptide (or something).  


As I was thinking over the entirety of the conversation yesterday, I remember sitting in class my freshmen year of college, and the professor talking about three different types of information.  There are things you know.  There are things you know you don’t know.  And then there are things you don’t know you don’t know.  (Yes, it took me a long time to understand that last one.)  But one day it clicked.  And on Wednesday it clicked too.  First and foremost, I had no idea it would be so hard to read and respond simultaneously.  There’s just so much awesome stuff being said!  But I got to read about others’ experiences and I got to ask questions.  It was so helpful, especially to just read at times.  I wanted to research what was happening in front of me, but it was all happening so fast, and all of a sudden it was 10:00 and we were done.  

And then last night I listened in on the blogtalkradio show, and that left me feeling even more astounded.  There are so many smart, articulate people out there, and I’m glad that I have found you, but now where do I go?  My brain was trying to process what it was hearing and reading, but there was no output in return.  I asked questions, but I had nothing to give.  It feels good.  I know that there is more out there I need to learn about, and now I’ve got a reason to get started on it.  These conversations have lit the fire under me.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2010 3:34 PM

    Great being a part of the DOC with you, Briley. I feel the same way so often – so many articulate and awesome D-Advocates and fellow PWDs out there, and it's incredibly mind-numbing at times trying to keep up in the #dsma Twitter-verse. I’ve learned so much and sometimes have something to say, but other times I just don’t. And that’s fine with me, just sitting back and listening to those who have insight or opinions. Wasn’t able to participate live this week, but always do look forward to that. No matter what, everyone is always welcoming and it's great being a part of such a great thought-provoking community of people I consider to be friends.

  2. December 11, 2010 12:17 PM

    Hey Briley
    What can I say but second Mike's thoughts. Welcome to the DOC and in particular to DSMA. Hope to “see” you around

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