Justin's Story

Monday, May 16, 2016

Message Monday-Diabetes Blog Week 2016

Topic for Monday: 
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.)

I started blogging not long after Justin was diagnosed in November 2012.  It was a way for me to let family know what was going on and how we were doing.  It was also a place for me to vent my frustrations.  

I wanted to start blogging because, before we had even left the hospital I was googling "7 year old son diagnosed with type 1 diabetes" and other similar searches.  I came across many T1D Mom blogs and reading their stories gave me such relief knowing that I wasn't alone, and someone would understand exactly how I was feeling.  Yes, I knew we weren't alone, but in the days that follow after your child gets diagnosed with a chronic disease, it's a very lonely place.  

My hope when I started was that another parent of a newly diagnosed child would find my blog & think the same as I did, relief that someone else felt the exact same way and understands.  

My biggest awareness message that I try to get through, whether on my blog or through facebook is the signs/symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.  There have been way too many deaths due to undiagnosed T1D.  When all it takes is a drop of blood, It breaks my heart that families have to deal with that. 

Looking forward to sharing my thoughts over the next week with you!


  1. That's such a great story to hear that you were able to find other mom of T1D blogs shortly after your son's diagnosis. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hey! Fellow D mum! I can identify with so much of what you say! You are doing an amazing job with your boy and I enjoy your blog very much! Maureen

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  3. I agree, there is still so much type 1 unawareness out there. My doctor failed to give me a finger prick when I first went into his surgery. Thanks for sharing your story.

  4. Thanks for checking out my blog 😊


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