The Power and Positivity of the #DOC

Not Dead, Diabetic

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Let’s talk about Twitter conversations of #AWESOME.

Tuesday evening in the USA is #DCDE time and Wednesday evening is #DSMA time. I’ve only participated twice in these twitter conversations of total awesome, but I LOVED them and felt so invigorated after them. The groups’ members are so knowledgable, helpful, honest, supportive and positive. Everyone who is living with diabetes, or knows a person who is living with diabetes, should get on board with #DSMA, #DCDE and the #DOC!! NOW!

So you can imagine how bad I felt this morning when I woke up and realised I had missed both the #DCDE and the #DSMA twitter chats this week. I’d had two bad nights, hardly slept, and woke up after they had finished. Gutted! Gutted doesn’t even really cover the spectrum of my feelings of disappointment.

You see the USA’s evening is my morning (13 hour time difference), so when I…

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IRONMAN.

Chortling Towards Bethlehem

This is happening.

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In exactly six months I plan on crossing the starting line– and, dammit, the finish line too!– of IRONMAN WISCONSIN with a lot of other diabetic athletes.

Why?

This can be explained in multiple parts.

A few significant anniversaries

A while ago I was on a run and letting my mind wander. My diaversary is coming up……hey, next year it’ll be on a weekend…..maybe I should do a race or something…..or maybe I should GO BIG OR GO HOME?

Which began a longer mental conversation about doing some sort of physical challenge that related to diabetes, that honored diabetes in some way. Because as much as I keep it tucked away sometimes, it is a significant challenge in my athletic (and hell, everyday) life. And it’s good for my mental health to periodically take some time and acknowledge, “This stuff can really suck! Might as well show it up and kick…

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