Transitions (D-Blog Day Post)
This is my fourth D-blog Day post. I started blogging back in the summer of 2005, as a 19-almost-20-year-old college student between her sophomore and junior year in college. It seems like such a long time ago, even though it’s only been three years. But so much in my life has changed, from living in a college town in the middle of Oregon to starting a new life in the New York City metropolitan area, and I feel blessed that I have had the opportunity to record most of it here at Lemonade Life, first at Blogger and now WordPress.
The Online Community has grown in leaps and bounds and it’s not gone unnoticed. From the growth of TuDiabetes to 5,000 members in just a year and a half to our own blogging community adding new members left and right. On one hand, it’s not a happy thing to have new members. Because that means there are more people with diabetes. But on the other hand, until the day when there’s a cure, I’m thrilled to bits that I can be part of a resource that is helping people. There really is no better reward, no better opportunity, no better challenge than to take something like diabetes and turn it into something good.
I find it slightly inappropriate these days to refer to my diabetes community as the Diabetes Online Community, because my diabetes community has transitioned to a very vibrant offline community. Although I haven’t met everyone yet (don’t worry, I’m working on it!), I have had the priviledge of hosting five diabetes meet-ups in the past year: New York 1, Delaware, Philadelphia, Orlando, Washington D.C. and New York 2. Plus there have been several other one-on-one meet-ups and the Boston event hosted by Bernard. This community, I am happy to report, is no longer held hostage by my computer, but exists in free-form in the real world. I have a community of supporters wherever I go. People that I can call my friends in all four corners of the world. It’s a very unique gift that God has given me, and I don’t take it for granted. Thank you being part of my community. The diversity of this group has taught me so much about the world and about myself. I am forever grateful.