Monday, May 16, 2016

Dblog Week Day 1: Message Monday

Who am I? What the hell am I doing here? Why am I writing this?

I'm here for a myriad of reasons. My online persona started on Twitter where I just wanted to make jokes. Through Twitter and the greater DOC in general, I realized that I have a few opinions and things to share that take more than 140 characters.

When I first started blogging, it was because I was really bad at diabetes. I had just gotten a new endo and I was just starting to take care of myself; my a1c was 8.5, down from 12. I felt like I represented a group that wasn't out there: the imperfect diabetic. Really, there is no "perfect" diabetic, but at the time I felt like I didn't measure up. I was reading posts about people who were dissatisfied with their sub-7.0 a1c when I was struggling to get my 8.5. It felt stifling that nobody recognized what was going on for people like me, so I started blogging. The support I received was overwhelming.

Given my beginnings, I have a hard time maintaining the original message. I was disappointed with my last a1c, which was 6.6. I'm now a part of the mass I never thought I'd belong to.

Now I blog infrequently. I only blog when I have something to say, an opinion to give that might not already be out there. There are tons of great diabetes blogs out there that usually write things a lot better than I ever could. Sometimes when I write here it's because I want to share a message or a thought not only with my diabetes friends, but with my non-D family and friends.

So, dear friends, that is why I'm here. 


  1. Courtney, you are one of my favorite DOC people. Usually you make me laugh with your quirky remarks. Other times you break my heart with some of your struggles. You are younger than my children, so don't worry that I am going to stalk you to be my D-bff. But glad to see you around this week.

  2. Your story sounds just like mine...I never understood how people got A1Cs under 8 (for at least 20 years!)! And now here I am several years later and my A1Cs have been staying steady under 7...I personally think it's thanks to the DOC that I have been able to get there!

  3. I'm glad to have connected with you on Twitter and that you blog. Your voice adds value to the DOC.