Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

I am a French model

French model faceI’m a French model.

It’s now published on the internet so it must be true. Right?

The truth is that I’ve been to France once over a decade ago. The truth is that my picture has been used in the promotional materials for a few different organizations and events. That’s basically the same thing right? Bonjour!

I promise my car insurance provider’s commercial marketing talent (if you don’t know what I’m talking about please click the link above) actually relates to what I’m trying to share.

Just because something is published on the internet does not mean it’s actually true. When I am reading a blog I try to remember that the writer is sharing a story. The story is often only told from one perspective, and the writer has only shared the part of the story that they want me to know (see Bob’s post on topic).

I know this to be true because I do the same thing. When I am not thrilled with the way I look, my pictures are cropped a little bit tighter. That picture above? It’s from 2011. I might post a picture about a lab appointment, but leave out the explanation about why the doctor wanted 13 vials of blood if I’m not ready to tell that story.

Along with considering what part of the story to share, there is also the thought of the reason for sharing it. Why did State Farm make a commercial mocking the internet? It’s probably because of the rise in internet based insurance providers. They are (not so) subtly reminding their consumers that the offers found on the internet might not be as good as they sound and that the State Farm agents are still valuable.

When I found out about a tape that made my Dexcom sensors stick better, I shared it because I wanted to help other people get a longer sensor life. When I share a picture of a frustrating Dexcom graph or the story of a middle of the night low, it’s usually because I want to feel the support of the community or I need some advice. When I posted yesterday about accommodations it was because I feel they so important to life with diabetes and there were concerns about incorrect or ill-advised information being circulated. When I finally add my contribution to the Strip Safely campaign, it will be because I believe we need a better method to ensure that the test strips that are on the market are accurate.

such a modelWhen I watch the news on TV or read a news website like CNN or NPR I try to remember there is a reporting bias, even if that organization suggests that they are objective. There are parent companies, commercial sponsors, ads requiring site views and clicks, and ultimately bills to be paid.

I’m trying to do my best to tell my story, but I can’t promise I’m always going to tell every word. I’m just trying to remind myself that no one else is either.

  • Meri says:

    This is so important for all of us to remember! Thanks for the reminder, and BONJOUR!

    Also, I’m an international TV star. Did you know that? 🙂

    August 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm
  • Hallie says:

    This is so true! I sometimes get criticized for things I write– But I’m only sharing part of my life. Our life does not exactly revolve around D- but that’s the impression you might get from what I write on my diabetes blog. It’s important to keep that in mind.

    August 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm
  • Sarah - Sugabetic (@SugabeticMe) says:

    … and I’m secretly Snooki. 😉

    August 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm
  • Denise aka Mom of Bean says:

    well said & a good reminder for all of us!

    August 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm
  • Lora says:

    Man, I didn’t know I was hangin with a french model… I would of snaped pics of you for sure. To sell on the internet, of course 😉

    August 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm
  • Michele says:

    I TOTALLY believe you are a French model… Love reading your blogs – know it’s a good outlet, as well as a way to share your wisdom. Keep ’em coming!

    August 1, 2013 at 3:18 pm
  • George says:

    Such a good point!

    August 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm
  • Joanne says:

    Great post and reminder. It’s true what they say, there are three sides to every story; yours, mine and the truth.

    I’m a Luxembourgian supermodel. Bon to the jour, Sara!

    August 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm
  • Reyna says:

    So.Very.Well.Said! I’m a Portuguese Pancreatic Princess….oh wait! I really am. 🙂

    August 2, 2013 at 4:04 am
  • katy says:

    Bonn Jore.

    You’re so smart and make me laugh!

    August 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm
  • Rhonda B says:

    So so so very true, with everything we read!! It is tough sometimes to take things with a grain of salt, and consider the source. I think we have a great little (big!) DOC, and everyone has a story. You just may not know all of it because of many things: privacy, desire not to hurt someone else, etc. I still think you are a french model 🙂

    August 5, 2013 at 9:31 am
  • Stacey D. says:

    While I generally believe in the good of people and give them the benefit of the doubt, my hubby reminds me sometimes that you can’t believe everything you read. It’s unfortunate that we may need to read with caution however I blame that on the world we live in. Very good topic 🙂

    August 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

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