Monday, May 9, 2011

Meri's Ark / D Blog Week, Day 1



I like to think of my blog as my ark.

I was drowning, so one day I took my thoughts and built my ark/blog.

I filled the ark with my fears, my hopes, my belly laughs and musings from my swelly brain and let it sail!

It traveled father than I ever imagined, and has taken me to places I never knew existed.

The best place of all is the DOC. When I started this blog, I didn't even know the DOC existed. It was a happy coincidence my sister in law found another parent blogger and pointed me in her direction. Discovering Shamae's blog list was akin to finding the new world for me. I had found solid ground. I wasn't alone in the ark with my thoughts, like Noah's dove, I was able to set them free...and in turn, I could set myself free as well.

But what I discovered next was unexpected. Not parent bloggers, but rather patient bloggers. People with diabetes who were advocating, storytelling and sending out arks of their own. Their stories were transfixing. Their mission clear. Their hearts...familiar.

Reading there words was like jumping into a time machine. It was like I was in a jimmy jacked Delorean, traveling 20 years ahead and seeing my boys lives flash before my eyes.

And it was beautiful. It was joyful. It was real. It was hopeful.

And it is STILL is all those things.

These PWD have families of their own , they are having babies, they have interesting jobs , they are embarking on new lives, they are involved , they are fun , they come up with genius ideas, they are kind...they have everything I hope for my children. They have joy. Sure they have their ups and downs too...but they find their way back stronger than when they went in because they have this uncanny ability to look at the bigger picture. To appreciate what is right in front of them...to laugh at the craziness that is THEIR Diabetic Life.

They are beautiful people, every one. And today I want to let them know that I hang on every word. I cheer for them...I hope for them...I admire them, with all my heart.

They are our future. Sure, my boys will have their own journey...and sure it won't be all rainbows and unicorns...but it can be everything and more than it would have been had they not had diabetes. Will it be easy? Probably not. But nothing worthwhile is ever easy and nothing easy is ever worthwhile.

Thank you to the PWD bloggers who put their lives out there every day. Your journey brings this D mama hope without measure.

Thank you for being all kinds of wonderful...and all kinds of real.

And more than that...thank you for letting me come along for the ride.

(This post is my submission for today's topic, "Admiring our differences," for Diabetes Blog Week. Please check out Karen's Blog to find out more! It isn't too late to join in!)

31 comments:

  1. Well said Meri! Great post!

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  2. *LOVE THEM*

    Beautiful, my friend :)

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  3. Love the "Ark" theme Meri. You are so creative with your words.

    AND...

    I couldn't agree more.

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  4. This post made me cry! (Big surprise, right?)

    The admiration goes both ways, my friend. Thank you for what you do, and thank you for your kind words here. :)

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  5. This is one of my favorite posts today, thanks!

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  6. LOVE the ark analogy!

    LOVE the PWD bloggers, too!

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  7. Kim said it perfectly, that the respect goes both ways. We love and admire all of you Parent D-Bloggers, Meri, and you are just as much our friends and family as anyone. You give us insight into what our own parents did and felt, and give us insight in ways we might not know from our own PWD perspectives. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And that ark concept? AWESOME.

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  8. Love this....for so many reasons!
    This quote especially struck a chord: "nothing worthwhile is ever easy and nothing easy is ever worthwhile"....so true, so true!

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  9. Ark analogy is perfection!

    Beautiful post!

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  10. The Ark is a wonderful theme for the DOC, love it. And great PWDs featured. They rock and have so much to teach us. Great post Meri!

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  11. Hey, you got room for 7 on your ark, I can cook. Great, creative post!!

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  12. Found you through D-Blog Week! Loving the idea that a parent of a PWD can see other T1 blogs like mine and get inspiration of what their child can do and overcome and be. Having that "time machine" available so that you can take a glimpse into the "future" has got to be so cool!

    That's sort of how I feel when I read T1 blogs too!

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  13. Love it, Meri! And totally agree with Kim, it does do both ways!

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  14. Awesome as usual. Love how you write girl!!

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  15. Thanks Meri! As a PWD you always make me laugh with your amazing ability to be so creative with your posts! I read your blog every day!

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  16. You are rockin Meri... or should I say floating, in your ark??

    Great post as always!!!

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  17. As always, a wonderful, thoughtful post. How do you do it?

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  18. Great post, Meri!

    But if there's an ark, does that mean there will be 2 unicorns? Twice the glitter to clean up? Lord knows we'll have to worry about which one gets "top billing". I swear the only thing more diva-ish that a unicorn is a cat...

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  19. Inspiring post, Meri. Thank you very much for the shout-out, and for continuing to hope without measure. (Love that sentiment.)

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  20. Awww!!! I love it! I feel the same way!! I'm so glad we set sail together. The sea may be rocky but the company is divine!!

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  21. Wow, what a great post. I am so glad I got to finally meet you at medtronic. You are an awesome mom.

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  22. Oh Meri - you are awesome!!! Your "parent's perspective" means so much to me and helps me understand my parents better. If I can give some of that back to you with regards to your children, then I'm overjoyed!!

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  23. I'm way behind on blog reading - you know that. But - I started reading your previous posts and I just want to tell you that I think you are amazing. Actually amazing doesn't even cover it. Just wanted you to know that I love you and your awesome self!!!

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  24. You are amazing my friend Meri!! I love this post and I am with you...sending love to the PWDs today!

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  25. I remember when I first stumbled on your blog and thought, "whoa if this family can do it so can we." I love knowing I am floating on the sea with people like you - I will never forget your willingness to take time out of your busy life to just talk with me. I am beyond grateful for that snippet of time that was worth more than the countless doctors appts I've taken Isaac to...thanks for always having more room on your Ark for each of us that needs a seat :)

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  26. I love them too! Wonderful post!

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  27. Meri -
    Thank you for being SO FREAKING AWESOME!
    I'm honored to be on your ark - thxs for the shout out! And I'm SO honored to call you my friend!
    What you show me about life with diabetes times three, is lesson of my own mom's life raising three with D.
    YOU ROCK!
    Kelly K

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  28. ah, Meri, tremendous. I've been out of the blogging loop for months now but am making my way back in just in time for this big week. you've said everything I would have wanted to about PWD bloggers. thank you.

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