Why Am I Here?

It’s officially Diabetes Blog Week. The 7th Annual Diabetes Blog Week to be specific.

Today’s topic is Message Monday, the prompt is:

Lets 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 first read the prompt, I interpreted it as “Why do you blog [about diabetes]?” But upon reading it again, the question is more, “What is your message?”

ProbablyRachel existed before type 1 diabetes became a part of my life. The first time I decided to write a blog post about diabetes was to make my life easier and share my diagnosis story and then continued in order to share the real information about what living with diabetes.

What I really want to do when I blog about diabetes is give a more accurate depiction of what life with diabetes is like, help people get correct information and dispel myths.

That’s my primary goal, but there are many reasons I blog about diabetes, that I wrote about in April of 2014.

Why I Blog About Diabetes

Sometimes I feel like there are  misconceptions about why I blog regarding my health, so I thought I would try to clear that up by explaining my motivation for blogging about diabetes.

To Process

The summer of 2011 was extremely tumultuous for me. (Quick recap: College graduation, marriage, moving, first job, diabetes diagnosis, my father died, loss of other relationships.) That summer was also the time when my little corner of the world at Probably Rachel rapidly expanded. I wrote what I was feeling and thinking and people read, commented and interacted with me. When I was catching up with a former boss about what had happened since I’d worked for him, the topic of my blog came up. He commented that it probably helped me deal with everything. And he was right. [Read the rest of the original post]


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