So I figured I should introduce myself. I haven't posted since the first one (it's a long story, but it includes faulty internet), but people ought to know who I am. I have a very (very very) short bio that's been posted, but here's more. But a for sure good way to get to know me better is to go to my website, the link of which has been posted on my bio page.
Hi! My name is Claire Montgomery, and I am a teenager, if you haven't figured that one out already. I have had Type 1 Diabetes since I was ten years old. I was diagnosed on March 6, 2007. I was in fourth grade. Since then, I've still been able to live a normal life. I got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do, I joined the Cross Country team, I play lacrosse, I participate in marching band, and I write and read. (And in case you were wondering, my favorite book is Harry Potter.) I have friends, I'm a bit obsessed with Taylor Swift. I have a dog (a weird one). He's the one in the laundry basket. I think I qualify as a normal teenager, though try and define normal.
I started blogging when I was in seventh grade, back in 2010. The blog that isn't involved with OnTrack Diabetes is called Diabetic Rockstar. Why did I start? I'm not really sure. My dad was talking about websites and blogging, and the idea just sort of popped into my head. I can't really say that I'm the best at updating regularly, though I try. It was a slow start, but to me, blogging has really paid off. I've started getting emails, so I created a whole section on my blog that I call Fan Mail. People can email me and tell me their stories and if they let me, I will post it on my blog. It's sort of a way to let people know that they are not alone.
People also email me asking for advice, and I try to email them with answers, as well as post the question up on my blog. I am not a doctor, so all of my answers are based off of experience. Though pretty much living with diabetes is 80% experience, 15% playing the guessing game, and 5% listening to your doctor.
The best payoff is when people email me saying that I’ve made a difference. That they don’t feel so alone anymore. That makes everything feel worth it.
Diabetes has given me a wonderful community. I follow people on Twitter that I wouldn’t have otherwise followed. A guy who runs a diabetes website based in Iran emailed me and I did an interview with him. I have friends that I’ve met through diabetes that are based all around the world. One such friend just did a speech in front of the British Parliament trying to raise diabetes awareness.
I think a lot of people with diabetes complain and grouse because there isn’t a cure (yet). I try not to waste my time by doing so. Don’t get me wrong, I would love a cure, but it doesn’t seem anytime short in coming. So rather than feeling depressed all of the time about diabetes, I try to keep my best outlook on it. Yes, I’ve had to miss complete lacrosse practices because of low blood sugars. But I would rather be on the team than not. Diabetes is just an obstacle. One that I take in stride.