Peer to peer relationships using websites like this one, Diabetes Mine, and the many blogs create a community where, despite our relative small numbers, wide geographic dispersion and attendant time zone differences, allow us to support each other.
The greatest benefit the DOC has given me was to read about the great blood sugar control some members posted about. Their highly positive experience told me that very good control is possible. I thought, “if someone else with diabetes can do this, then perhaps so can I.” Knowing it can be done was a potent motivator to help me make significant breakthroughs in my treatment plan. I learned that I was not the only one interested in the data minutia of diabetes. Counterintuitively, increasing complexity in the short run led to simplicity and metabolic sanity in the long run.
The DOC revealed to me many people with diabetes using a low-carb high-fat way of eating as a viable method to minimize both highs and lows and in some situations to even “flatline” blood sugar continuous glucose monitor traces. It would have taken me many lifetimes to connect with these kindred souls in the real world.
As a result, the DOC enabled me to gain control of my diabetes to an extent not possible absent the DOC. Once I knew it was humanly possible to achieve the results I sought, it motivated me to persist until I did actually achieve much less volatile blood glucose numbers.
My better and more stable blood sugar numbers over the last three years have contributed to greatly improved emotional health and sense of well-being. The DOC played a crucial role in that improvement of my quality of life.
Since experiencing this improved sense of well-being I have been trying to “pay it forward,” using the DOC, to let others know how they may improve their lives, too. It warms my heart when I read that someone used my experience to materialy benefit their quality of life. This symbiotic helping environment comprises the essence of the DOC.