patient and waiting for the chance to ask,
a woman in the back stands to say
“my patients are asking, ‘why me?’ and i don’t know what to say.”
there, right there, i wanted to shift my body weight from my butt to my feet, throw my arms up in the air and say, “EXACTLY!”
that’s why we are here
that’s why people with diabetes are work work workin’ to contribute to the diabetes online community.
that question, among others, is why we reach out with open arms and hearts and minds to strangers who are only qualified to propose an answer because of their exposure to the same tough life circumstance that brings the questions.
why not just seek answers on our own?
why not just look inward, or at faith, or to science?
because being in a space where others are also asking, “why me” transforms the question entirely:
instead of asking “why me?”, you wonder “why us?”
inclusive. enlightening. loving. moving. inspiring. transformative.
there is nothing more powerful than community
nothing more powerful for the individual
and nothing more powerful for the collective.
ps. i’m not the only one thinking this, right?:
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this post was inspired by a session at ADA scientific sessions 2014 in san francisco. i applied for and received a media pass to the conference. i will be posting more about this conference and you can find other accounts at the perfect d, your diabetes may vary, six until me, scott’s diabetes, diabetes hands foundation, our diabetic life, sweetly voiced, a consequence of hypoglycemia, the blood sugar whisperer, and on twitter with #DOCatADA and #2014ADA. if you have covered the conference and are not linked here, please let me know and i will add you to the list.