Finally! I'm getting to sit down and write this out. Where have I been? On vacation. In Florida, Taking a much needed break!
Anyway, one day before my vacation, I was hanging out with a med student and a future med student talking about this blog and talking about the issues that I see right now with the lack of education of diabetes. They asked how long I've had it. Eighteen years.They asked why I started blogging and I said that I needed to start writing about what I know. This is something I know really well. Over drinks, they ended up telling me that I should be a doctor. I literally laughed in their faces. "There's a little test called the MCAT that I'm sure I won't be able to pass," I laughed.
"Once you get in, med school is easy," said the current med student. I shook my head and laughed. There was no way I was putting myself through the torture that is med school. I'd leave them up to that. "We need people like you in med school," the other said, "Someone who knows and can talk about it."
And so I thought about it. When I was in Florida, I spoke to a friend's family friend. Does that make sense? He asked what I did up here in the Chi and I explained that I worked at a nonprofit during the day but at night I was practically a full-time journalist. I told him about my blog and how I wanted to start expanding on what I could do with my knowledge, especially since Diabetes is ranking up top with causes of death with HIV. Scary, eh? And no one's talking about it.
Why not teach? He said to me. I thought about that, too. Before I left for vacation, I spoke to my boss who asked how the blog was going. Good, I said, though I had to sit down and write! I told her that I wanted to start doing some kind of brown bag lunches or workshops with our nonprofit staff, families and beyond. She thought it was a great idea. So guess who's planning on doing some kind of workshop? Moi.
Around the same time, one of my friends called me and asked if I could teach her about diabetes. Her fiancée's mom was having health problems caused by diabetes and she felt that there was nothing she could do because she wasn't educated on the subject. That's where I came in.
The struggles are foundational, so I found. People don't know where to start and they don't know the basics. That's what I want to do. Start teaching people how their bodies work and how the main source of nourishment can also kill them. I'm fascinated, interested and I hope this all goes over well. If you know someone looking to learn, please, send them my way.