I live in a bubble most of the time. I get along all right knowing what I know, living how I know how to live and plugging along day after day with my eyes right in front of me. It’s deceptively comfortable having blinders up, dealing with things on my own. But sometimes, I desperately need a different viewpoint, to see what other people experience. Blogs are a perfect way to get that extra dose of perspective! There are so many amazing type 1 diabetes blogs out there, but here are three of my favorites.
Joanne writes a fantastic blog about her little girl Elise. I immediately was drawn to Joanne’s writing because I felt like I could relate well with her. Seeing her sweet little Elise pictured on the blog reminds me so much of my Kaitlyn. Another reason I love this blog is that Joanne talks a lot about different technology options. They’ve tried all kinds of different meters, pumps and CGM systems — some they’ve stuck with, and some they have not. As a mom who looks forward to using more of these kinds of systems, I find reading about her experiences with them invaluable!
Meri is a mom of four boys, and three of them have type 1 diabetes. Three! That alone was enough to pull me in to find out about her story. As if that’s not enough for her to handle, her husband is also battling cancer. It brings me close to tears when I read it. She talks about how she copes and where she turns for hope and peace. She’s truly an inspiration.
First of all, how cute is that? Princess and the Pump… darling! Hallie writes about her dear little Sweetpea. She’s a 6-year-old girl who recently had her third “diaversary.” Once again, I’m drawn to Hallie’s writing because it mirrors my own roller coaster ride with Kaitlyn. She writes it like it is — the happy times, the scary times, and the frustrating times. Most of all, she illustrates perfectly how life continues to happen, but diabetes doesn’t go anywhere.
There are many more awesome bloggers out there. Lots of the experiences that they write about mimic my own, but there are so many other stories that give me a completely new perspective. Several write about dealing with other grievous illnesses in addition to diabetes like celiac disease and hypoglycemic asthma. Others talk about things that I’ll have to look forward to when Kaitlyn enters the challenging preteen and teenage years. They share stories about how they’ve dealt with hospital trips and technology news like insulin pump hacking.
Mostly… they share! What a gift! It’s what we all need to get through this crazy thing called diabetes.
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.