Today is #dblogcheck day. As the diabetes online community grows and changes, I am thankful for the opportunity of days like today to check in with each other and get to meet new friends.
When Alecia was here last week for her presentation, and after the Britney Spears concert, we were hanging out and I was sharing some of my favorite stories from some of my other diabetes meet-ups. The oddest thing kept happening though – she didn’t really know any of the people I was talking about. I forget how long I’ve been part of this diabetes online community. I had my first diabetes meet-up almost 8 years ago now! Think of all the marriages, births, and diabetes diagnoses that have happened in eight years!
One of the things that I appreciate most about the diabetes community is the amazing natural diversity we have together. Some of us are amazing artists. Some of us can code a website from scratch. Some people can take a diabetes device and figure out how to get the data from it and into the hands of the people who own it (and their caregivers). Some people can stand on a stage in front of hundred of people and motivate, educate, and entertain. And the best part of the diabetes online community is that it takes every single one of us for all of us to be successful as a community.
I think that is one of the most powerful things about the current marketing campaign taking place here in Nevada. It’s for Nevada’s Big Give and the slogan is “Give Where You Live”. The slogan’s original intent was the idea of giving to charities in your immediate area, but I think it’s bigger than that. I think that we can all GIVE where we LIVE by remembering that we are all important, that we all make a contribution to this community, and that it would not be the same without each and every one of us. We all give where we live by contributing to this community every day that we live with diabetes.
However, if you do happen to LIVE in Nevada, or love someone who does, we would appreciate your support for the Big Give.