So, what have I learned from D-Blog week? The answer to this question is loads, although here I will state a few of the major things that have stood out to me.
1. Many will laugh at this, but as I am relatively new to blogging, when I have been reading through posts over the past month or so I have always wondered 'what does 'DOC' stand for?' I have thought 'Diabetic...Outpatient...Clinic?!', but no. However, this week I learned that it means 'Diabetic Online Community'. In my opinion, this has a far better ring to it and is far more contextually logical than my first assumption! The Diabetic Online Community - oh how I love you.
2. I have learned, on a more serious note, that regardless of our differences (whether we administer our insulin through the pump or injection pens, whether we have diabetes ourselves or if a loved one is diabetic, whether we are type 1 or 2) we all can all stand together on the basis of one, fundamental fact. We are all affected by diabetes.
3. Something I have learned from D-Blog week that I really wasn't expecting to is how accepting and supportive non-diabetics can be. Over this last week, as well as those of you who are part of the DOC who have been wonderfully supportive, I have received many messages and comments from people who don't have diabetes and don't know much about it either. Thank you for your kind words and overall recognition :)
4. Finally, D-Blog week has taught me of how truly wonderful some human beings are. From reading the posts of other bloggers from the DOC, especially on Friday (The most awesome thing you've done DESPITE diabetes), I have realised that we are a mixture between soldiers and magicians (Soldicians). We are capable of anything we put our minds to, regardless of this 'disease' that we have, and we will battle diabetes when it tries to throw us off track.
Goodbye D-Blog Week 2011! It's been fun!