Monday 25 April 2011

Shoutout to the DOC

Just a super-speedy shoutout to the DOC:

My son has had type-1 diabetes since 2005, yet I am still new to the social networking community of diabetes advocacy. I have always been an advocate for my son, and for diabetes, but, until recently, it was more on a community level, with my local JDRF chapter. Since jumping into the DOC scene via Twitter, Facebook, Wegohealth, TuDiabetes and the many other social networking sites, I have been absolutely amazed at the level of dedication, compassion, and support displayed by DOC members. This is a truly wonderful community and the more I get to know about it, the prouder I am to be a member.

Since joining the "DOC" community, I have discovered a renewed sense of passion and optimism about diabetes. I think that for a while I was experiencing a certain amount of diabetes burnout. Every year I would get out and fundraise, I've headed up a parent group at JDRF, I've ridden across my province to promote diabetes awareness, but my actions were all solitary. I didn't have a group of type-1 individuals or parents that I felt so connected with. Strange considering I've never met any of the "DOC" clan, yet I feel like I'm getting to know so many great people.

So thank you, DOC members, for creating and maintaining such a terrific support system for the thousands of us living with type-1 diabetes ourselves, or via a loved one.


  1. Thank YOU Jen for all you do. As former children with diabetes, many of us very much appreciate all that you parents do.

    What I find so inspiring about the DOC is the shining examples of so many people doing amazing things. I would not be where I am in my diabetes management without the DOC. :-)

  2. "Since joining the "DOC" community, I have discovered a renewed sense of passion and optimism about diabetes."

    Me too. :o) I was just coming up out of a little bit of burnout when I discovered the DOC via Twitter. I love reading parent blogs because I'm a "child" with diabetes and have no clue what it's like to be the parent. I get so much insight from you and all the other parent tweeters & bloggers.