I get to see those people frequently and spend time with them in real life, lucky gal that I am. :-)
I have other D friends, too. They "live" in my computer...sort of. Don't worry. I'm not losing it here, having relationships with imaginary people. I'm not seeing ghosts or hearing voices.
I'm talking about my blogging buddies.
Initially, their writing reeled me in, and I began to read them religiously. Then they started following my former blog. We became Facebook friends and got to know one another. They now keep track of me. I keep track of them. We leave comments for each other. We tell D tales. We have inside jokes. We give and ask for advice. We offer support. We commiserate with one another. We laugh together. We carry on "normal" friendships. We just never see each other, unfortunately.
I'd like to introduce you to some of these blogging buddies:
~ Reyna at Beta Buddies has a son, Joe, who reminds me so much of Jack. Seven-year-old Joe has type 1, and he's just as active, crazy and silly as Jack. Reyna's hilarious, too. She makes me laugh day in and day out with her colorful language and funny stories.
~ Lora at My Diabetic Child is another one who cracks me up. At first, she makes you think she's all spitfire and sass, but then you realize she's just a big softie.
~ Misty at Life is a Like a Box of Chocolates is a sweetheart, who tells it like it is. As she says, "most days are really good, some are NUTTY, and you never know which kind you are gonna get!" So true!
~ Hallie at The Princess and the Pump always seems to be able to read my mind. Seriously. She writes the stuff I'm thinking about. She publishes the posts that I can't seem to articulate. Her stories hit home all the time.
~ Nicole at The We CARA Lot Blog inspires me. She lives in Canada, where the school systems do not do as much as they could and/or should for kids with type 1. Nicole is an amazing advocate for her daughter Cara and role model for the rest of us D 'rents.
~ Laura at Houston...We Have a Problem writes about life with not one, but two autoimmune disorders. Her two-year-old son Nate has type1 diabetes, while her four-year-old daughter Sophie has ulcerative colitis/Crohn's. I love following Laura's family's journey, as they find "their new normal."
~ Jen at I am Your Pancreas is not only a talented writer, but a talented photographer, too. Her blog features a lot of beautiful photography, depicting life with diabetes. And Jen and I happen to hail from the same home town. I gotta give my home girl some props! :-)
~ Joanne at Death of a Pancreas tells tales about her cutie patootie, type 1 toddler named Elise, and she's expecting baby #2 this fall. Is there anything more exciting than a new baby? I'm looking forward to not only seeing baby pics, but reading about how their new addition changes things for their family.
~ Then there's Meri at Our Diabetic Life, who has not one, but three sons with type 1. She jokes around saying that their diabetes causes her to have a "hurty" or "swelly" brain, but what I see is her "swelly" heart.There are so many more bloggers I adore and so many more blogs I read. I could go on and on! The DOC is full of amazing D moms and dads, whose friendships I treasure. Please don't be offended if you don't see your name and your blog on this list. As I mentioned above, it's just some of my pancreatic peeps. I'll highlight the rest of you as time goes on.
Who are your pancreatic peeps? Is there anyone to whom you'd like to introduce me?