Day two of Dblog Week asks what are the private parts of our life with diabetes? What is it that is off limits for sharing with our readers or maybe even family and friends? What will you never read about on these pages?
This is actually an interesting topic. Once upon a time, there was almost nothing that you would not read on my blog pages. I was an open book in part because I never thought anyone else would read what I had to say. It was my personal journal. I shared my most raw emotions. As friends and strangers began to read, things began to change.
I won’t press publish when I am emotionally charged by an issue.
I no longer write when emotionally charged. I still write posts with emotional attachments and passion but I try to wait, write, re-write, wait, and then post after the fact. I want people to understand some of what I deal with as a parent of a child with diabetes but I don’t want them to lose the point in a sea of anger or frustration.
I won’t call my children by name.
I no longer write my youngest son’s name and very rarely the names of anyone around me out of respect for their privacy. My son spent a lot of his early life with diabetes in the spotlight. I wanted people to know more about the disease but I never considered that he’d preferred anonymity.
He does. When he turned 16, he laid down the law. He wanted his privacy. He did not want to be featured in diabetes-related campaigns or any other displays. I have learned to honour that.
I will talk about hot topics and trends.
Over the years, my life has changed and so to have my blog posts. I continue to seek to educate people on their options in diabetes care. It is important for me to highlight social issues that impact people with diabetes.
I will share our experiences but some parts of life with diabetes will be private.
Our life with diabetes has changed. It no longer consumes me 24/7. It is now the burden my son carries mostly on his own. I can no longer moan about sleepless nights but I will still share my feelings of guilt at being able to sleep.
I will still share many emotions and experiences in my blog posts. I try to keep them real and from the heart. Yes, there are a few things that you will never read about. There are still private parts of our life with diabetes. There are a few things that family and friends will never understand either but the important things that educate, advocate and raise awareness will always be shared.