it’s not just a blog, it’s an attitude

April 29, 2011

I’m excited–and a little freaked out–about bringing my life, and my self, with type 1 diabetes (t1d) into the public. Not that I hide my t1d; that would be near impossible with all the various technology and unique behaviors that I use to make it through every day. But designating this specific, intentional spot just for my musings, rants, and wacky ruminations on this stupid disease that’s been a pain in my side for nearly 31 years? That’s significant. I’ve been working hard for a while now to get a better handle on my diabetes, to own it for more minutes out of the day than it spends throwing me against the ground. I don’t know if that’s possible, but I’m sure as hell trying.

And there’s that mouth of mine, going off with the expletive in the very first paragraph. That’s a thing with me–I have a mouth (and, truth be told, a brain) that likes to use sarcasm, critical analysis and certain snarkery to confront things/people that piss me off. Consider t1d engraved at the very toppety-top of that list. Plus, I believe we are all smarter than our messed-up pancreata. Hence, the name of the blog.

One thing: smart as I might hope to be, I definitely *don’t* know-it-all about t1d, even after 31 years and a name like smartDpants. That’s why I loooooove the Diabetes Online Community (DOC): There are just tons of cool folks writing blogs, tweeting, and messaging about their experiences and ideas, offering support for whatever our dumb pancreata throw our way. Totally awesome. Don’t know how I made it through the first 30 years of this disease without it.

The DOC was my collective inspiration to start writing about my life with t1d. Check the blogroll over there on the right, to find all kinds of amazing dblogs. Send me a note if you’d like me to include yours on there too. I’d love to see it.

How about you? What’s your attitude toward diabetes?

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