Oh. Hey. Right. Blogging.
Things have been quiet around here (and by here, I mean "me on social media") lately, for a few reasons.
This is one:
Because when you say things on a stage that you had tucked away so deep inside yourself and had planned to just let collect dust; when you are so honest and earnest on that stage that moments after leaving it you have to escape the conference for a safe place to cry and shake and vibrate and then somehow collect yourself to finish out the day; when you invite the world into your head and your heart and know that it will live on the internet forever and ever...
you need a minute.
I'm taking several.
You're incredible. I know it's scary, but just know that if nothing else, what you said affected me, and I am thankful to you for saying it. Hugs.ReplyDelete
You are absolutely amazing and such an inspiration to me and to so many others! DHugs! <3ReplyDelete
For the delivery, the message, and the presenter. All equally fabulous.
This brought me to tears. Thank you so much. This message is so important.ReplyDelete
That was a terrific, terrific speech. Way to go! You are amazing.ReplyDelete
This made me cry.ReplyDelete
I miss blogging. I miss my tribe.
I finally watched it. You're amazing, Kim!ReplyDelete
You are such a good speaker. You could have been talking about anything and it would have been gripping---but that it was a subject so close to my heart---ak! Perfection.
Unimportant but true: great hair and makeup too!
Thank you for putting it all into words.ReplyDelete
Very well said.ReplyDelete
Thumbs up! You spoke the words right out of my mouth. Well, right out of so many PWD´s mouth. :)ReplyDelete
But did you know you are effing AWESOME? And how freaking much you resonated with, like, everybody?ReplyDelete
Because yeah, you totally did. And I would like to give you another post-talk hug, so go squish the Rabbit or something. 'Cause even though I don't have diabetes, you both resonated with parts of my life AND made me understand your world better--and, I freaking love you, awesome lady. <3
Wow--thank you for sharingReplyDelete
Wow. That was powerful. In your sharing, you affect the way I support my teen daughter who struggles with the overwhelming enormity of living with diabetes. You affect the way I look at my daughter's future. You give me straight-from-the-hip reality that the tough stuff never goes away, but with support comes understanding. You are not alone. She is not alone. Well done.ReplyDelete
tears are flowing... I am the mother of a T1D and I feel the same way about the DOC community.. it is thanks to people like you that we have the strength and courage to keep going every.single.day. I starting writing a blog to help with my innermost feelings and our life and struggles with D - hoping to one day help just ONE person feel the "me too" ... You are an inpiration.. thank you!ReplyDelete
That was so beautiful. Thank you from the entire DOC,that was so well said.ReplyDelete
Kim, So powerful. I'm sitting at work trying not to cry listening to you put on the outside all the fears I so relate to on the inside. After 49 years of T1D since age 9, I've never said out loud what you did in such an eloquent and heartfelt way. Thank you for being such a huge inspiration to me and making me feel not alone. MindyReplyDelete
I have thought every word that came out of your mouth. Thank you for saying them out loud.ReplyDelete
Kim-As everyone who commented above said, your talk was passionate, inspiring, and brought me to tears. Thank you for being the voice of everyone with diabetes. And thank you for being YOU! To everything you said, I say "Me too."ReplyDelete
Just wanted to send a little extra Mom love your way. Love you, and thanks for sharing with all of us. So extremely well done.ReplyDelete
i cannot thank you enough for that post. You literally took the words right out of my mouth. I got "poked" 3 times on the tube last week, 2 nights ago in yoga a guy thought i was a drug addict and then lectured me on how I could have avoided it... Ive been crazy w/the London move but I now realize I need a community. Living in Trinidad and getting diagnosed, Ive only ever know me, myself & I. I taught myself, trained myself and dealt w/it all myself. Your words were like I wrote your speech. I shared it (several times) because I think most of my family & friends just think...Im cool...I can handle it. BUT it's SO overwhelming for a Type A personality like me. I can't "fix" it. I can't follow a plan...it's unpredictable. I know I'm a "newbie" at this but i hate bad A1C's, i hate knowing everyone thinks its so easy...it's not. But we can't complain about it... You made me laugh about the needle comment...Im deathly afraid...I cry every time i get my blood taken..but insulin is different. I tell every who says Im brave that if someone told you.."Do this or you'll die"...you do it. it's not bravery, its self preservation. Now that the international move from hell is done...(love our home) I am going to try and find a support group or something... Im also going to give another pump a try...omnipod. It can only be a better experience than my 1st try- Thanks again Kim... Id love come up helpers for your 12 days of christmas if u r interested...I get a lot of fitness related gadgets.... expensive ones...lolReplyDelete
xoxo from London
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you ... I have had T1 for 29 years your speech encompassed all I have been through as well - shared experiences and continents apart. I applaud you!ReplyDelete
Thank you for speaking for PWD everywhere.ReplyDelete
Kim, you are one of the most amazing people I have ever met. I'm eternally grateful for all of this for introducing the gift of you to my world.ReplyDelete
Thank you for all that you are.
Nailed it - brilliant! You rock. Thanks for sharing what we all feel, no matter how big or small a part we play in the diabetes world. xReplyDelete
Thank you for speaking so eloquently on what we experience and helping to bring light to the dark places. That was an amazing speech. :)ReplyDelete
Amazing! Just the right balance of "keeping it together" and raw emotion. You have vocalized what so many of us in the DOC feel, even people like myself, a parent of a T1D child.ReplyDelete
Kim you are beautiful inside and out!!! You did an amazing job:)ReplyDelete
Thanks Kim for talking for me, and being so amazingly eloquent.ReplyDelete
this reduced me to tears... everything you said i could relate to! thanks so much for doing this!ReplyDelete
Kim I am sitting here with tears running down my cheeks, I had bookmarked this to watch and I finally have. So eloquent, and expresses exactly what all of us feel. A million congratulations and a billion hugs. xxReplyDelete
Amazing. Proud of and for you. xoReplyDelete
Me too :-)ReplyDelete
Your speech is amazing! Thank you so much!
That was one of the most amazingly brave and brilliant videos I've seen in eons. :) Wow.ReplyDelete
Woooooooooo hooooooooooo! I just want to give you a standing ovation and a hug! :) Thank god for other people that understand the same isn't the same --- like why the crap did my BG go up to 343 after a "typical" dinner?? I love that you and folks in the DOC understand its not necessarily something I "did wrong". You are my hero! ---- and if I get complications or you do, or any of us do....yup, we'll all be here cheering each other on! <3ReplyDelete
Nailed it. Count me as another person (with Type 1 D) that you've brought to tears. Thank you so much for sharing. -LeanneReplyDelete
Wow!!! Thank you, Kim for putting into words how I have felt since diagnosis 19 months ago. Count me in for shedding a few tears as well. You rock!!!!ReplyDelete
I am so very grateful I saw this today. Thank you for having the courage to stand on a stage and say this for all of us.ReplyDelete
Thank you, you did a beautiful job describing both t1 and t2 diabetes. I am t2 and one of the things we deal with every day is people telling us we brought it on ourselves by what we eat. Not always true. I just found the DOC, and i'm finding my way around, and trying to meet people with t2, not as many on DOC.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your openness.
I really loved this. Let me just say ditto. I had a breakdown last night about it all. I too have been T1 for 29 years. Things have come so far since that diagnosis but what hasn't really is what you brought up, the psycho social part. Thank God for online social outlets because before anything like facebook it was calling your hospital or endo for support groups. And quite frankly those sucked.ReplyDelete
Thanks for being so open.Thanks for putting into words what I feel every day also. The social impact of diabetes is by far the hardest part.ReplyDelete