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.