Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A change of pace!

Hey everyone!

I want to give y'all a heads-up on something really exciting that's going to happen here on my blog next week!

As I'm sure you've noticed, I've been slacking and haven't been blogging as often as I'd like. I have been out photographing, but I just haven't taken the time to post all the juicy images I've gotten. So, next week, I'm dropping the pictures and will be posting about something else that is near and dear to my heart: diabetes.

You may or may not know that I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 4. Usually, people find out that I'm diabetic when they notice the little grey box attached to my hip: "No, it's not a beeper. No, it's not an mp3 player. No, it's not a cell phone. See this little tubing here? It's attached to me, and it gives me insulin. Yep, that's right, I'm diabetic."

I sometimes avoid conversations like that because, most often than not, people start assuming things, such as:
- I have a miserable life. (How could a diabetic enjoy life?)
- I eat too much candy.
- I "did this" to myself; I could "avoid this" if I only ate right and exercised more.
- I have a strict diet.
- I have diabetic parents and siblings and grandparents and cousins and aunts and uncles....

These types of reactions (especially the first one!) sometimes make me squirm. But, the truth is, I love answering questions about diabetes. Most people don't know what diabetes actually is, or they think it's that weird disease that old, fat people get. In my opinion, the more I tell people about diabetes, the less they'll be confused when they meet the next person with a "beeper" on their pants. (Does anyone still use a beeper anyway??)

So, starting on Monday, May 10, you'll get a blog post a day as I participate in Diabetes Blog Week!


Karen of Bitter-Sweet Diabetes Blog came up with this brilliant idea to have diabetics around the world post a blog a day for a week, with topics provided. We'll be posting with the following topic suggestions:
Monday 5/10 - A day in the life... with diabetes
Tuesday 5/11 - Making the low go
Wednesday 5/12 - Your Biggest Supporter
Thursday 5/13 - To carb or not to carb
Friday 5/14 - Let's get moving
Saturday 5/15 - Diabetes snapshots
Sunday 5/16 - Dream a little dream

To read more about this project, click here.
For a list of participating diabetics, click here.

So, sit back, relax, and don't forget to check back next Monday for my first diabetes-related post! (I will continue to post images too! I promise!)

:)
Lauren

2 comments:

Karen May 4, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

Thank you so much for participating in next week's Diabetes Blog Week!!! And thank you so much for spreading the word. Right now we are up to 42 blogs participating. (I think it's 42 - it's all happening so fast I'm having trouble keeping up. But I'm thrilled about that!)

Maria O May 4, 2010 at 10:38 AM  

Great post! Don't know if you're aware of Brenda Novak's Diabetes Auction but it's a huge affair every year in the writing community. She's raised nearly a million dollars for diabetes research in honor of her kiddo with Type 1 diabetes.

There's info here (http://www.brendanovak.com/auction.shtml) and the auction listings are here (http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/).

Can't wait to read the upcoming posts!

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