I’ve been inspired by so many blogs from people who have type 1 diabetes, but more than anything it’s the information on Twitter I’ve found so useful. Many of the tweeters form the UK version of Diabetes Online Community, known as the #gbdoc. (Note: don’t be confused by the twitter account theGBDoc which in my eyes is completely separate to the group of people.)
There’s also a worldwide equivalent #doc, a Canadian version #candoc, an Australian version #ozdoc and probably many, many more.
The info you can find is so useful that I think that the first advice from any DSN (diabetes specialist nurse) to any newly diagnosed UK patient – or their parent(s) if it’s a child – should be “get yourself on Twitter and search for #gbdoc”. Perhaps they should even take it further and refuse to let you leave hospital until you’ve set up your Twitter account and started to follow a few on the #gbdoc people… okay, maybe not.
If you consider youself to be part of the #gbdoc then I consider you to be someone that’s helped me and I thank you for that.
Get yourself a Twitter account and search for posts with the #gbdoc hashtag
To read about the inspiration behind Circles of Blue check out the other articles within the ‘Be Inspired’ area.
“Perhaps they should even take it further and refuse to let you leave hospital until you’ve set up your Twitter account and started to follow a few on the #gbdoc people”
Brilliant. I back this proposal.