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How I Got Here 

May 16, 2016

Let’s kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog? (Thank you, Heather Gabel, for this topic suggestion.)

When I started writing this blog, I came for the people. My friend mentioned that I had a long and positive diabetes story and that others could benefit from it. I wasn’t a blog reader, but I could become a writer, right? I had diabetes camp friends, but the local ones weren’t maturing into the support system I needed and the rest of them were living on the other side of the country. I knew there had be mature, young adults with diabetes somewhere. And I found them. I found they didn’t need to be young adults though. I changed my blog host three times in two weeks and then totally rebranded to InDpendence in the next couple years. I met people. And let them lift me up from all over the world. And loved my people who live in the computer. I came for the people and that has always been my number one priority here. The”you too?!” and “keep it up” and”you’re not alone” have always meant more to me than anything else that has come through here.


Lately, the most important message to me has been access to and affordability of the necessary tools. I’ve had my own troubles with affordability, denial of prescriptions, and overall financial burden due to diabetes. It’s hard to look around and wonder why you can never get a step ahead of finances, then realize it is because of your disease. I don’t have much to share about it. Most of it has been through private messages or phone calls because it’s a little embarrassing. I should share more because there is always a solution, and maybe someone out there will have one for me. (That makes me sound selfish, but I want this space to be a positive, conversational place, not just me talking your ear off.) I also feel that I don’t have much more to say than, “ugh, I’m having a hard time.” 

To see why other people are here, go here.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2016 6:37 AM

    I’m sorry you’re having a hard time. Even with insurance, I find the financial part of diabetes to be overwhelming.

  2. May 16, 2016 6:38 AM

    Everyones story is unique, and I love that there are so many voices in our community. Look forward to reading more this week.

  3. May 16, 2016 10:26 AM

    I hate the my diabetes expenses have become part of my normal budgeting. You are right, it’s so hard to get ahead of finances when you are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on test strips or insulin. On the plus side, when there is a cure, it will be like we got a pay raise because we won’t be spending on medical stuff 😛

  4. May 16, 2016 12:03 PM

    You could never in a million years sound selfish. We’re here for you, and we know you’re always here for us. Thanks for all you do!!

  5. May 16, 2016 12:21 PM

    I love to read that ugh, hard time stuff. But I also love your blog how it is. I especially enjoy the cocktail times.

    • May 17, 2016 8:29 AM

      It’s so much more fun to write about cocktail times than hard times, but I can learn so much from the hard times.

  6. May 16, 2016 1:47 PM

    Thanks, Briley!! I totally agree w ur reasons for wanting to blog!! In the beginning after I was first diagnosed, I amazingly, found the DOC & everything I read & everyone I talked with was extremely helpful. The support I received from complete strangers was incredible & it has inspired me to want to reach out to others & help someone like I’ve been helped!!!

    Thanks for sharing ur thoughts!!!

  7. May 16, 2016 4:29 PM

    It’s okay to be in the “ugh hard time” phase. Looking forward to reading more this week

  8. May 16, 2016 10:51 PM

    I dig your blog thoughts, because they usually confirm what I’m thinking too.

  9. May 17, 2016 6:44 AM

    Diabetes is not friendly on the wallet, thats for sure! Thanks for writing a great blog.

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