I’ve started my journey on social media as a Type 1 Diabetic back in 2014 when the idea of social media was just beginning to pick up. Since then, I have noticed a huge growth in support, awareness, and a building community develop right before my eyes. Being a T1D, I go through things that many non-Diabetics simply do not understand or are unable to relate with. Social media, however, has opened up that awkward space, allowing Diabetics to find other Diabetics going through the EXACT same thing.
I can honestly say that I was in a dark spot in my life right before I created my Diabetic-based Instagram page and shortly after creating @type1livabetic, I saw how many people began to visit my page, Diabetic or not, and they all were someone who seemed to have a familiar idea about T1D. It makes a huge difference when your audience actually knows what you are talking about. As we are being completely real here, I want to share how important social media has been to me thus far and how it can be just as important to you as well.
The amount of support and care that others can provide online, simply by sending a quick message or commenting on a post can play such an important part in our lives, more that one can imagine.
The Diabetic community, as sad as it may seem, is growing quite rapidly, but that just means that there are more and more people each day who are out there, sharing what they go through, looking for support, and being a shoulder to cry on during some of the worst days possible. That being said, there is a large community out there just waiting to help out and lend a hand as Type 1 Diabetes is no joke and is very real. When I have a rough day, I simply put out content when I feel like I need relief and support and in return, I get some of the kindest responses. Those are the moments in my Diabetic life in which I feel like I can continue and push through that rough spot.
To me, social media is about allowing for creativity and our own unique space in which we can share our style and personality with others. I love prepping my posts where I apply my own unique creativity and do designs, lettering, and illustrations on my photos, hoping to excite the viewer and show them that Diabetes can be fun, regardless of what it has to throw our way. Social media was designed to give people a purpose and a platform in which they can connect and share openly with one another things that interest them. Having a group of people in the Diabetic community staying loyal and true to what really goes down in their lives allows for more people to be inspired and share.
The bottom line is that having a space to feel comfortable in talking about something so huge (Diabetes) is so important to an individual. Now a days, really young people are joining the social media game and it is important that they find the support that they may be looking for. Some days I even forget that I have T1D, simply because I have a huge online support group that keeps me going and is cheering me on, allowing me to feel inspired and positive that I can continue to take on this disease, one day at a time.