How do diabetics work in the diabetes field?

As many of you know, I am on a bit of a hiatus from this site and all social media outlets related to t1dactiveliving.

Firstly, thank you for all of your encouraging messages. They have been so wonderful to read and hear in person.

This time has been the most beneficial for me in terms of my sanity. Overwhelmed, stressed, over-worked. It was getting ugly.

I popped in from time to time to see what was happening but for the most part, I have been in my blissful world of relaxation.

Revelations from my time away

Most diabetics who do some type of work in the diabetes field (whether it be for a diabetes publication, dblog, drug or pump company) do need time apart and burn out.

I felt very alone and guilty for taking time away, but I was quickly greeted by others out there telling me that they’ve been there too. Maybe some of them can’t say how draining it can be to be immersed in diabetes for so much of the day (talking about it, reading about it etc.) but I can.

It’s so liberating to be able to write whatever I want on this blog, so I will say this: It is damn hard to be diabetic and work in the diabetes field.

My belief

If you don’t find it difficult at all, you are in denial or don’t really see how much of yourself that you sacrifice. Maybe it’s a job that pays well, a passion for advocacy in some way or something else. Either way, it takes something out of you.

No matter what your reason for working in the diabetes field, you give a part of yourself.

To all those that do what you do…thank you. It takes skill, will power and strength to┬ákeep going day after day, on top of everything else.

Lots of love,

J