In 2011, my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Since that time I have learned from and have found tremendous value in a network of supporters (team matters). The Diabetes Online Community, DOC, is a large part of this ongoing support.
The DOC has inspired me to advocate on behalf of type 1 diabetes through blogging and other avenues.
The primary purpose of this blog is to teach my son that he can thrive despite living every day with a chronic illness.
Surprisingly, I have found blogging cathartic and thus beneficial to me. If sharing our journey towards a cure helps others, then that is okay with me.
As I write my blogs, I will do my best to never offend, seem preachy, or pontificate in a manner that suggests I know what it feels like to live with T1D on board. I do not. I only know what it is like from a parent’s perspective.
Further, I never want to be cavalier in my approach. Life can be a wonderful journey but it will always have its challenges. Certainly T1D families know this to be true. Attitude and effort are important to T1D management but I never want to imply that thriving with T1D is as simple as flipping the “attitude switch” to positive.
As is the case with most, if not all, parents of children with T1D on board, I have told my son I would gladly snatch this disease from his body and take it on for him if I could but, of course, I cannot. So, I will do what I can to advocate and raise funds for better treatments and, eventually, a cure.
In addition to my advocacy through blogging, I volunteer through the Los Angeles chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and participate in the JDRF Ride to Cure program.
I am sure you’ve figured out by now that Dreaming of Cooperstown is a personal blog. In no way should it be perceived as a medical blog as I am not a medical professional. Your doctor is an important part of your team and should be consulted for anything related to your diabetes management.
I understand that privacy and confidentiality is important to you. Therefore, your email or any additional personal information will not be shared. Still, this is the internet and you participate at your own risk.
It is not my desire to monetize or personally profit financially from this site. Any attempts to fundraise and any financial benefits derived from this site will be disclosed and directed toward diabetes research and the diabetes community.
If you have ideas on how we can work together to raise awareness and funds to the benefit of the T1D community, let’s talk.