I started writing my blog pretty innocently back in January 2011. I had no secret ambitions. No plans for world domination. I just wanted to reach out a little bit and see if anyone reached back.
They did and I have made some pretty amazing friends and learned a lot of diabetes tips and tricks. I also like to think that I may have helped a few people along the way...and perhaps helped dispel a few diabetes myths.
Yesterday, I was asked to write an article for a newsletter that is distributed pretty widely in my field. It's a newsletter aimed at direct support workers who support people who have a developmental disability.
I was asked to write an article about supporting people who have diabetes.
I am honoured and excited by this challenge and can't wait to flex my writing muscles.
I was still grinning from that new when I arrived home after work to discover a FedEx envelope waiting for me.
With a thank you card and a CD of pictures from the photoshoot we did a few weeks back.
Later this year I will be featured in their Animas newsletter.
Neither of these honours would have happened without diabetes and neither would have happened if I hadn't decided to be open, honest and very public about living life with type 1.
I'm so glad I reached out.
I'm even more glad that people reached back.
Here is a small sample of the photos Animas sent me. It's pretty odd being in front of the camera instead of behind it but I'm happy with the results.