Finding someone who gets you - your fears, worries, hopes and challenges - can be life-changing for a lot of people. One of the best things about the internet is that you can find people like you around the world - right on your computer or mobile phone! Getting a diabetes diagnosis is earth-shattering, but there are online communities that are available to help support you.
We've put together some of our favorite blogs about living with diabetes here. Each blogger brings a different perspective - and there are many more bloggers out there than just this! Let us know if you have any favorite bloggers that we missed in the comments.
Mila has Type 2 Diabetes and started her blog to build awareness and reduce the feelings of shame that a lot of people feel around diabetes. Her goal is to help readers feel supported and confident while they learn to manage their diabetes. Recently featured in the New York Times and based in Houston, her blog features recipes, tools to keep you on the right track, and advice gleaned from her journey.
The Decadent Diabetic
A food blog with heart - Ward is a Type 2 Diabetic and made the commitment to change his way of living and eating after seeing the effects of diabetes on his family members. Ward grew up in the restaurant industry, and he has worked with and in restaurants across New York and Boston. He writes, "Rather than being frustrated by things I can’t have, or have as much as I want, I have learned new ways to either enjoy them or replace them with something equally scrumptious. I have come to KNOW that having Diabetes doesn’t mean you have stop enjoying eating."
If you're looking for a more scientific perspective on the Type 2 journey, Gretchen's blog is the one for you. Gretchen has a background in biology, and frequently writes about medical studies and achievements that relate to diabetes treatment. Gretchen was diagnosed in 1996 and has authored two books since her diagnosis.
Tom shares his perspective as a father and advocate on his blog. Two of his children were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in the 90's. He has worked tirelessly since to learn as much as possible about the disease, and then use that knowledge to educate and spread awareness. And, has he! He's worked testified on Capitol Hill, worked as an Executive Producer for dLife,Your Diabetes Life on CNBC, spoken around the world, and recently started a non-profit advocacy organization called Get Diabetes Right. His posts run the gamut from addressing current events, to recent science, or musings on life as a parent.
Type 1 Writes
Frank lives in Australia and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes while he was in university. While he was coming to terms with his diagnosis, he found great strength and support in the online communities, and decided to join them with his own personal blog. His posts focus on his daily life, technology finds, stigmas around diabetes, and more.
Riva focuses on being positive in order to uplift her followers to help them find their motivation. Her approach of managing diabetes is called the Flourishing Approach, the goal is "to create an environment of safety and help people with diabetes identify their strengths and build resilience and confidence." She herself has lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. Her blog shares stories from her life as well as resources and tips for anyone managing diabetes.
Renza is a Type 1 Diabetic, living in Australia with her husband and daughter. While Renza works for a diabetes organization and is a vocal patient advocate, her blog is about her everyday life from cooking, to reading, to mental health and, of course, living with diabetes.