NINJABETIC – Going offline is good for the soul
It’s difficult to put into words how joining the Diabetes Online Community made me feel six years ago. I was welcomed into a small, but vibrant community, filled with kind and caring people whose common interests were to share, support and help other people with diabetes. I’m pleased to say that this continues today, and it has been wonderful to watch the community grow so quickly into a huge family of supporters.
I very quickly found I was a part of something big and that felt really good. I had never felt needed or wanted before, or that I had that “special something” which helped me to belong, but living with type 1 diabetes seemed to give me that. I felt at home in the community and it was wonderful to finally feel like I mattered. It actually came as quite a surprise to me as, previously diabetes had always been a drag, it was unwanted and I had always felt that it held me back. However, being a part of the community showed me that diabetes could give me wonderful friendships and opportunities. This was a much needed change of perspective on my part.
Soon I started being invited to all sorts of meetings, to talk at patient, professional, charity and pharma conferences, to be involved with a number of local and national projects, to write for national newspapers and medical journals and to be consulted on the birth and development of new and existing diabetes technologies – all of which were (and still are) a great honour!
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