#DBlogWeek: Shout from the Rooftops

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#DBlogWeek is this AMAZING Diabetic Online Community event where for one week, all us bloggers have a broad topic given to us for each day and we all tackle it in our own way. It’s hosted by Karen over at Bitter~Sweet and this is year 7 of the event!

The first topic for the week is as follows:

Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog? (Thank you, Heather Gabel, for this topic suggestion.)

So why am I here? If you’ve just started following, I was diagnosed at a PM Care facility with diabetes on July 10, 2012. Unfortunately, I was misdiagnosed as type 2 for five long months before being reclassified as type 1 in December 2012. I was 22, married and fresh out of college at diagnosis, and have no family history of type 1 diabetes.

I’m not a typical diabetes case, which is why I was misdiagnosed. I’ve always been on the thin side, and at 22, I was seen as “too old” to have type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common misconception, and too often with fatal consequences. I am thankful every day that I am alive.

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(This photo is from the day I was diagnosed)

Unfortunately, children are misdiagnosed as well, and I’m tired of seeing obituaries for children who have been lost to this disease. It’s hard enough to stay alive when your body is trying to kill you from the inside out 24/7, and the insurance companies are trying to make it impossible for you to afford to survive. So I advocate in the only way I know how: never shutting up.

I won’t stop telling my story. I won’t stop tweeting politicians to support important legislature, I won’t stop blogging about the truth even when it’s SO hard to write, I won’t stop connecting with any and every diabetic I meet, I won’t stop sharing the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes, all because I don’t want to attend any more funerals.

So this is the most important diabetes awareness message to me: simply be aware. It can – and does – happen to absolutely anyone. But we keep going, holding out to see a cure someday.

Read more posts for #DBlogWeek here.

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7 responses to “#DBlogWeek: Shout from the Rooftops

  1. Thanks for sharing those links! Great advocacy. Crazy that in 2012 they misdiagnosed you. I naively though that in today’s world the minsdiagnosises don’t happen as often because we are way more educated now…guess some medical professionals still need to spruce up some on education.

    • I can see where you’re coming from in thinking that by 2012, diagnosises shouldn’t be happening anymore. I think that’s why I’m so vocal about it – if it happened to a petite young adult in Michigan, it can happen to anyone! Thanks for reading 😊

  2. What a powerful message, and said so well. Thank you for doing all you do!

  3. Great message. There’s not enough type 1 awareness out there, I too was misdiagnosed in the beginning. Keep sharing your story!

  4. Really good message. The D community is lucky to have you on our side.

    Scary to see that picture and hear that you were misdiagnosed.

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