Warning: This isn’t going to be your typical World Diabetes Day post.
As I slowly make my way back, I wanted to share a little bit more about my recent blogging break.
For as long as I remember I have been an overachiever. If I am going to do something I am going to do it all the way. When I found the diabetes blogging world, the blog I began about all parts of my life turned into a diabetes (with a capital D) blog. I found a diabetes message board and I started posting, and hanging out in the chat room, and writing more often on my blog, and reading all the diabetes blogs, and twittering about diabetes, and taking pictures of every day for a year about living with diabetes. Suddenly I was eating, sleeping, and breathing diabetes.
In some ways it was good for me. That much attention and pressure (that I put on myself) meant that I was in excellent control of my diabetes. I was testing upwards of eight times a day. My A1cs were enviable. My doctors appointments were always on schedule. I always knew about the latest controversy, advocacy, and research.
The only problem was that I was missing life. In order to protect the privacy of my friends and the people I work with, I cant really share details. What I can say is that I didnt see some really big things that were going on around me and I was not there for some people like I should have been. I cant change what happened in the past, but I am doing my best to fix it now.
No matter how difficult life seems, I also realized that am incredibly blessed and I need to take time to get outside of myself and appreciate those blessings.
I have been given the opportunity to travel to Haiti in March. I dont know exactly what I will be doing there yet, but there is no shortage of need. According to the United Nations, Haiti is one of the least developed countries in the world, ranking 146 out of the 177 countries in the United Nations Human Development Index (2006) and about 80% of the population were estimated to be living in poverty in 2003 (source).
Yes I am worried about traveling with diabetes to such an impoverished area, but honestly ten days of work will be nothing compared to the struggle of living there day to day. And I cannot even imagine how someone would find sufficient medical treatment in Haiti to thrive survive with diabetes.
While they are not currently in Haiti, Life for a Child (part of the International Diabetes Federation) is an amazing organization that is saving the lives of children in 19 countries around the world and is one of the organizations that is supported by the World Diabetes Day campaign. Please consider providing them with whatever support you can.
If you would like to know more about my trip and the ways in which you can support my team and myself, please e-mail me your mailing address so that I can send you more information.
Here’s to not having a reason to celebrate World Diabetes Day next year!