I have been considering starting my own type 1 diabetes blog for some time now and decided to bite the bullet. I’ve been a reader of diabetes blogs since they first became a “thing”, and I’ve decided to join in on the fun.
My name is Matt and I have type 1 diabetes, and I’m okay with that. It can be tedious, time consuming and downright annoying, but I’ve come to a point of acceptance over recent years and prefer to approach the condition with humour. You can be the judge of whether my blog name is at all funny, but I tried. You can read about the name “Insulin pumps need Tetris” here.
Type 1 diabetes is quite unique. I didn’t choose diabetes, it couldn’t have been prevented and it is not going away any time soon. People like to feel in control of their health and type 1 diabetes is certainly a curve-ball to that. Diabetes is a shaper of life decisions including the line of work I’ve chosen, the clothes I buy (insulin pump means no pocket = no purchase) and also perhaps most importantly, influences how I see the world. That’s not just a muffin. It’s a potential tricky under-bolus.
The aim of this blog is two-fold. Firstly, its becoming more apparent that the diabetes community in Australia not only needs voices from an organisational level (Diabetes Australia and its branches, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Type 1 Diabetes Network and others), but it needs the voices of individuals that can put a face to the issues we face at times. There are many bloggers that have done this particularly well to date, and I’m hoping to complement their work. Secondly, I’ve decided to write this blog purely as an avenue to write about stuff that perhaps needs more than 140 characters – it’s not much more scientific than that.