Thursday, November 19, 2009

Three Years Free Turns Four

I started this blog 4 years ago today (on my 32nd birthday).

I started this blog to connect with others going through the same thing as me. It quickly became not only a way to connect, but a good way to get my emotions out, to vent.

This is post number 457. There have been some pretty downer posts, especially in the first couple of years. There were days when I felt like I could not go on. I'd sit and pour my heart out in my blog and that would help. It helped to keep my emotions from spilling over into my every day life. And, you guys were there to "listen" and lend an encouraging word or just to say "I've been there too and it does suck."

I've never met any other d-bloggers. Still, I feel like I know some of you. Plenty of you always had a kind word to say just when I needed it most. The diabetes blogging community has grown by leaps and bounds in the past four years. When I first started there was a handful of parent blogs. Now, there are too many to count. And, most of us whose blogs were in the infancy stages back then don't blog as much as we used to blog.

Every once in a while one of them will update and I'm delighted to see their kids and hear how they are doing. I enjoy reading the newer blogs also. I see so much of my "old" self in their posts.

And, it's not just the posts of the parents. I have found a lot of strength and encouragement from the ones who live it every day. I read their posts and know that Riley really is going to be OK.

So, to all of you d-bloggers, thanks for letting me be a part of your world.

Who knows? Maybe in another four years the title of the blog will be changed to "My Son Used To Have Diabetes". One can always hope.