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May 12, 2015

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Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see.  What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet?  Or from your family and friends?  Why is it important to keep it to yourself?  (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone.  There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects.  Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won’t tell them.)

(Thank you Scott E of Rolling in the D for this topic.)

There are a few subjects that I won’t write about here. Some may appear if I’m still writing in a few years, but at this point in my life, it’s not something I want to be out there publicly. I have talked about them with a few trusted friends, but the thought of being googled and someone reading my deepest fear, well that’s a little intimidating. If I write about it here, it gives family and friends (and maybe even acquaintances) the chance/opportunity/permission to ask about it in public settings. The information I won’t write about are items I keep near & dear to my heart. If I decide to talk about them, I want it to be on my terms. 

I appreciate being an open book for you regarding my diabetes. I want to help and to give you ideas. I appreciate when you are an open book as well. However, I also appreciate our privacy. Check here for what others hold onto for themselves. 

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2015 1:36 PM

    Same page, totally. On our terms has to be the way it is. There are things that I want to say, whether it’s to generate discussion, focus my own thoughts, or maybe keep myself accountable. But then there are those things that aren’t for public knowledge, because it’s not the right time or I just don’t want to share. Thanks for writing this, Briley.

  2. May 12, 2015 5:42 PM

    I agree and like your line about wanting things to be on your own terms. I always think about if I really want something in the public for everyone to see.

    • May 14, 2015 12:46 PM

      Since I use this blog as a platform to raise awareness for diabetes, I only write things I’m comfortable talking about. That doesn’t mean I want to talk about them at all times, just that I’ll be comfortable talking about it with a person if they bring it up.

      Also, as a young, single professional, I don’t need future relationships reading my deepest fears before I’ve even had the chance to introduce myself.

  3. May 12, 2015 9:10 PM

    Briley, I like this a lot. Makes a ton of sense. I always worry about the “once it’s out there, can’t take it back” thing. Thanks!

  4. May 13, 2015 12:22 AM

    Totally agree. Also, I almost titled my post the exact same thing!

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