Well, it’s been one year since I embarked on this blogging adventure in diabetes. Thanks to my dear D-Friend, Moira McCarthy Stanford, who encouraged me to “build a platform” if I ever wanted to be successful in making a name for myself as a trusted diabetes resource. As part of a long-term goal of publishing a thick manuscript that is sitting idle on my desk with loads of grammar and spelling mistakes, I hope to continue to explore and expand my diabetes knowledge and share what I know and what I think is important for my readers to know, and continue to do it with a little bit of flair, raw emotion, and dry humor, to allow my readers to get to know me as a true and honest voice for diabetes.
Over the last year, I have changed the name of my blog from ‘Busy Bag’ to ‘Serving Up Diabetes’. I did this to make my content crystal clear to my readers, so instead of having a play-on-words, I would let my readers know right off the bat that I am here to serve up nutrition information, general diabetes and technology information, and most of all serving it up for REAL, with the truth and honesty behind all my thoughts as I continue on this journey through life with a chronic disease. All I could have hoped for was to provide some nutrition advice for those with any type of diabetes who have been confused by the media or by their own diabetes care providers. Also, I have only hoped to be able to lend some clarification about the misconceptions of this disease for those that have unfortunately become, to no fault of their own, ignorant due to the portrayal of diabetes by the media and inaccurate resources.
What I have been able to accomplish has been so much more and I want to say ‘thank you’ to those of you, near and far, that have supported me and looked to my blog for a quick resource or to really relate. I have reconnected with old friends from diabetes camp, I have gained followers from spouses of people with Type 2 diabetes, I have reached a number of young women, like myself, who are embarking on their journey of pregnancy with diabetes and hold so much hope knowing that there are others out there who are going through it too.
I wish I had started this blog a long time ago. No matter how few or how many people actually read my tid bits, the fact that I will receive a private email or message every so often telling me that someone really resonated with my words means so very much.
I don’t get paid to write this blog, and I don’t get paid to do all the volunteer speaking I do. I do this because I am incredibly passionate about raising awareness and educating others about diabetes. Someday, I’m not gonna lie, I wouldn’t mind getting paid, should I ever have a book published or th E Channel decides to do a true hollywood story on my life… but until then, I’m happy just providing useful antidotes to others.
Over this last year, my blog topics have teetered between nutrition facts as they relate to diabetes, pregnancy, and the emotional impact of this disease. For the next year, I plan to continue to offer nutritional information, as well as sharing with my readers how I will go about continuing to keep my health (or trying to) front and center while being the best mom I can be. If there are ever any topics that my readers would like me to write about, please feel free to post ideas, as I am open!
…It’s amazing how one year ago when I started this blog, I also started working on my quest for a healthy pregnancy. I am happy to share that I gave birth to a beautiful and perfectly healthy little (well, big) girl over a week ago. She was 10 pounds and came via c-section. We made it through those first few days in the hospital and I managed my blood sugars well enough while they kept an eye on hers, as it was slightly low at birth. However, I have been able to fully nurse successfully, which has been a goal of mine, and continue to try to figure out managing being a new sleep deprived mom while also trying to not put my diabetes on the back burner. I am so looking forward to sharing how the ups and downs of managing diabetes as a new mom will play out… but right now I am a bit pre occupied with the love of my life (sorry to those who want pics, etc, but I’m keeping her all for myself right now
Thanks for all the support and continue taking care of YOU!