It's Movember! It's NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo!
It's National Epilepsy Awareness Month!
And most importantly, for most readers of this blog (as well as the author), it's National Diabetes Month.
JDRF declares the first day of November to be T1D - Type 1 Day. Wego Health has also declared this month to be National Health Blog Post Month. Whew! That's a lot of stuff. It's in the spirit of Wego Health's post suggestions that I start this month. I am going to aim to follow them for all 30 days, but we'll see what happens, eh?
Wego says one of the Day 1 topics is "why I write about my health", and what better day to say something than Type 1 Day?
I write about my health because it helps me immensely to be a part of a community that really "gets it". Having diabetes isn't easy. Keeping it in control isn't easy. If you are the type of person who doesn't need to talk about what's going on in their life in order to feel happy, you probably would never feel the need to blog about anything. I am a writer. I am compelled to write about everything--what I ate for breakfast, who I have a crush on, what my blood glucose is right now. Many people do not understand that latter fact.
The people who understand the most about having Type 1 Diabetes also have it themselves, and while some of these people live near me, many of them don't. Many of us took to the internet in the hopes of finding community, insight, and the occasional bit of advice.
I write about my health because sharing my story with diabetes is cathartic for me. I love storytelling, both real and fictional. There are days I feel my life revolves around telling stories, and if I can't involve diabetes in these stories I am, in essence, denying a part of myself.
I actually wrote about this a bit here as well.
If you are reading Dorkabetic for the first time, welcome. These are my stories. They are sometimes better when accompanied by a beverage of your choice or a bowl of ice cream. Stick around for more.