I’m Matt. I live in magnificent Melbourne, drink heaps of coffee and watch an awful lot of sport. Right, now that’s out of the way. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of ten, back in 1996. For many years, I didn’t really talk about diabetes, and just let it carry on in the background.
All that has changed over recent years and I can put my finger on a few key reasons:
- Ditching multiple daily injections for an insulin pump has gifted me more control and “contentment” with my diabetes. It’s not for everyone but it is certainly for me
- Getting involved with the Type 1 Diabetes Network – an organisation seeking to provide information and support to people with type 1 diabetes
- Meeting a range of funny, passionate and inspirational people that post, blog and tweet about their type 1 diabetes.
Am I a “diabetes advocate”? I’m not sure. But I know I’m passionate about many things diabetes, including technology, gadgets, media representation, and the capacity of the diabetes online community. Over recent times I have also become involved in the Type 1 Diabetes Network, in an effort to contribute to the T1 community. This blog will aim to cover these issues and hopefully support and reinforce some of the great work done by the pioneers of diabetes blogging.
I think it’s clear that social media connects people. It’s quite unusual being a room full of other people with diabetes that largely met via the coincidence of their condition, with the simultaneous beeping of meters and pumps causing confusion, but it’s also energising.
Righto, coffee time.
DISCLAIMER – I am a committee member with the Type 1 Diabetes Network. My thoughts on this blog are not in any way aligned with this organisation, although I may reference the awesome work being done from time to time.