Not seen or heard. That's how it felt with my diabetes for so many years. I was diagnosed at 27 so it wasn't something that my family had to deal with much. How much is seen, how much is really heard by the world, has been in great part up to me. And I've been awkward with that aspect, and at times, downright ambivalent about sharing. Getting people (even family) to understand what diabetes is and what it MEANS to my life takes a lot of explaining. Science, biology, chemistry, psychology all need to be addressed. There is so much to explain before you even get to the possibility of understanding. And quite frankly, it's not always understood even after all the explanations. Or it's forgotten. Or it's ignored because it's not in front of the nose all the time. I've struggled with feeling very invisible.
And then I discovered the OC and with that came the amazing relief of visibility and knowledgable understanding. As well as encouragement. From people like Scott or Kerri or Andrea among others, who have all commented on some post, with kind words of support and encouragement. What an amazing difference that has made. And what a great feeling it is, to finally have my diabetes journey seen and heard by people who "get it" in such a personal and profound way.