In the past two days I’ve fired off about a million emails, regarding JDRF committee stuff, Diabetes Australia stuff and general diabetic friend stuff. I’m speaking at the DA Young Leaders Launch in a few weeks (so excited, thank you DA VIC!), and just had someone hunt down my personal tumblr (that’s a blogging site Dad) to ask how she could get involved with the JDRF YLC.
I’m sitting in an incredibly boring lecture (on essay writing skills, please kill me) right now and it all just hit me – where in the world would I be now if I hadn’t gotten diabetes?
Getting involved was how I started to come to terms with my diagnosis, and it’s honestly been the best thing I’ve ever done. The passion that I have for trying to kick diabetes’ arse usurps the passion I had for my house at high school (if you knew me back then, that’s a whole lot of passion!).
Where would I be without it? Obviously I still hate diabetes with my entire being, but I don’t think I would have pushed myself out of my comfort zone so much.
The type 1 diabetes community is special – you instantly have this weird kind of bond with complete strangers. It’s more than a “Oh, you’re also a Taurus?” bond – diabetes is a demanding physical disease, and before you know it you’re having conversations about that time your pump site was a gusher and bled all over your pants.
I’ve met so many great people, and am getting so many incredible opportunities to actually do something to help people within this community, and for that I’m so grateful!
Thank you for welcoming me with open arms into your community Type Ones, hopefully I can start to help you just as much as you’ve helped me!