When I was diagnosed I was told “you are diabetic”, given a prescription for some medication, and told to wait for a nurse to come in and give me an insulin shot. When I picked up the prescription I was given a 10-page booklet telling me “All About How to Mange Diabetes”, and sent on my way. That was the extent of my “education”.
Shortly after that I happened upon the ADA Diabetes Message boards. I spent the first few months reading back posts before I started posting myself. I found the answers to most of the questions that I couldn’t even find information on anywhere else. I also discovered how great it was to find support from people who “walked the talk”.
Every day I see people coming to the boards upset, confused, afraid, and given very little information or given inaccurate information. There are so many myths and complete inaccuracies about diabetes. The only education that most people get about diabetes is from the media or what I call “TV doctors”. This information is usually inaccurate and gauged more towards ratings then really informing people.
My goal is to help dispel the myths and spread the “real” facts. I endeavor to explain things in layman’s language without all of the medical terminology that so many find difficult and confusing. We’re also at a time of great breakthroughs in scientific knowledge in the field of diabetes. My goal is also to make people aware of these new findings and developments.