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.


phonelady said...

amen amen . thanks for sharing and posting .

Amy said...

Hey Penny.....Happy Blog-aversary!! :) Good to see a post from you....your blog was one of the first ones that I started reading and I gleaned so much from you in those first few months after Jada's diagnosis. Your words meant the world to me and showed me that I could do this! THANK YOU!!!
Hope things are well with your family? How is your mom doing?

LaLa said...

I can't wait until I am in a more positive place. I love your post because it made me realize so many other D moms have been where I am and have made it to the other side. The more positive, I can do this side!!

Happy Blog-aversary! And thank you for posting such an inspiring note today.

Allison Blass said...

How the heck have you been blogging for four years and we HAVEN'T MET YET? That is blasphemous!

You are being moved to the top of my "Ds to Meet" list, got it? 2010 is our year, ok? :-)

Penny Ratzlaff said...

Holding you to it, Allison.

Sandra Miller said...

It's amazing when you look back, isn't it? To see how far you've come.

Happy Blog-aversary, Penny... and Happy Birthday, too!!

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Penny Ratzlaff said...


Thanks for asking about my mom. She's not doing any better. Actually, she's worse and still no answers to what is going on with her. All I can really do is pray about it.

Again, thanks for asking.