It seems the most popular thing about Diabetes Blog Week is that it helps us find blogs we weren’t reading yet and connect with some new blog friends. With that in mind, let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by making some new connections. Think about the d-blogs you read that you think we may not know about and introduce us to one that you love!! Let’s all find a new friend today!I've been blogging for almost 4 years now. In the beginning, I was just spouting off my thoughts, and had no idea anyone from the diabetes online community would find them. Come to think of it, I didn't even realize there WAS a diabetes online community. I was home from dawn til dusk along with a diabetic 4 year old, a 2 year old, and an infant. I was pulling my hair out with the demands of motherhood, and felt fairly certain that the demands of managing my daughter's diabetes in conjunction with sleepless nights was going to push me over the edge.
WAY. OVER. THE. EDGE.
I decided that screaming at the top of my lungs via an online journal was a better option than ruining nap time by screaming out loud, so I figured out how to set up a blog. Then, day by day, I stared purging the thoughts in my brain to make room for more thoughts yet to come.
And then, one day, someone left a comment.
Someone I didn't know.
Someone who was also raising a child with type 1 diabetes.
Someone who understood.
Someone named Shamae.
Shamae was like my long lost sister or something!! Man, that girl and I could text back and forth for HOURS!! I wasn't even much of a texter before Shamae, and then Mr. Rose had to change our plan to unlimited just so I could keep in touch with my pal!
Eventually Shamae and I met for REALZ in 2010, when we planned a girls get-away to Vegas! After Vegas, Shamae and her husband, Loren, got pregnant with their third baby...and things changed for my dear friend, Shamae, shortly thereafter.
(Oh, before I forget...we crossed paths again when our fam was road tripping to Montana, and we stopped off for lunch with Sham and her crew.)
|It was very cool that our kiddos got to meet each other!|
But back to being preggo. Shamae had a really difficult pregnancy...coupled with, then followed by, some really difficult complications of her own. She's had some bone stuff, heart stuff, and other stuff. She even needed a heart procedure earlier this year. She's taken some scary medications, and she's been through some wicked health issues, but (PRAISE GOD!) she's lived to tell about it. It's been a pretty rough go for my friend and her beautiful family.
Suffice to say that Shamae hasn't been on the blog bandwagon for awhile.
But...I think she's ready to dive back in.
I think (pray!!!) her life is finally evolving into a new version "normal", and the best is yet to come.
So, to all my new bloggy pals (and you long-timers as well), I'd really like to (re)introduce you to Shamae!!!!