Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Keep It To Yourself #DBlogWeek

The topic for today's post of Diabetes Blog Week 2015 is #KeepItToYourself.

"Many of us share aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see. What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet? Or from your family and friends? Why is it important to keep it to yourself? (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone. There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects. Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won't tell them.)" 

I have a lot of posts on this blog that I've drafted up, but never posted. They stay on my list of posts as a draft, and I've never posted them, and I'm never going to! They're my thoughts, some of my deepest darkest thoughts that I've typed up when I was having a bad day with diabetes. I really think that there are certain things that just don't need to be said, or shared, with the internet! I like to keep them to myself, and I don't think I would like people to know; not because these drafted posts are anything sinister or disturbing or whatever, but just that they're my feelings- I've poured my heart out in a lot of them! I don't like the idea of someone reading them because I don't like the way that I might "look"...I do my best to keep my blog as positive as possible and yes, I do share the negatives because I feel like they have to be said but some things might make me look a little "too negative"! I also sometimes feel like maybe I'll look "weak" if I share my most vulnerable moments...the aim of my blog isn't to make people feel sorry for me, it's to show that diabetes isn't easy but I'm okay! And some of my drafted posts really don't reflect that message when I'm feeling down about it.

I also know that within the Online Diabetes Community that, like any group of people, there are a lot of different opinions and sometimes I feel like some things are better left unsaid. Basically there are certain topics that people would prefer not to talk about, and there are certain feelings towards diabetes that perhaps some people who also have diabetes don't feel and sometimes it can cause a little bit of controversy when people try to justify the way they're feeling. Sometimes I feel like diabetes is terrible, but there's always someone who will tell you it isn't, but when you're having a bad day with it you are so convinced that it is. But of course, not everyone responds with a backlash, in fact almost everyone on the #DOC is fabulous, it's just some people that I've seen on Facebook posts just make people irritated...

So yeah, I don't want to make people depressed with my posts! But I always say that I'm never going to sugar coat any aspect of diabetes that I choose to talk about.

One more thing!

Not everyone keeps certain things to themselves...and I feel like maybe they should, because their opinion is not quite what everyone wants to hear. The biggest example being people who have these mad ideas for a cure that do not exist. Maybe they should learn to keep more to themselves.



  1. Lovely article again Ellie, don't say stuff if you don't want to but if you feel anyone could help perhaps you could write about it. You'd probably find that on any topic there'll be others who feel the same yet never say either.

  2. Ellie, I love your post. Especially the bit at the end. I really do not need a cinnamon cure and whoever offers it to me would be better of keeping it to themselves! Thanks for sharing. <3

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  4. Nice to see this blog and like the way you explained your thoughts. Diabetes is common disorder so no need to worry. You can eat diabetics sweets if you are doing workouts regularly and eats healthy food.