Are you ready to hear a lot from me this month? I hope so. Because I'm once again going to take on the challenge of another WEGO Health Blog's blog challenge month. Each day in November, I'll be given a prompt that has to do in some way with blogging about myself or my health condition. 30 days, 30 posts.
Today's Prompt: "Titles of My Future Book." I've been challenged to come up with at least 5 working titles for a book about my life, my community, or my condition and to write up a book jacket summary for it.
I can tell you one thing. I wouldn't title it Sweetly Voiced.
Sweetly Voiced is the name of this blog because it is a lovely sounding phrase that, in one gesture, wraps diabetes, my last name, and singing into a challenge to myself to be softer and more positive. Less clinical, less critical, less caustic. It serves as my own little reminder to cherish the sweetness that comes with every new day that I spend as a mother and a teacher.
But it wouldn't describe my life.
It has nothing to do with my community.
And it doesn't at all describe my condition.
My life's title would be something along the lines of:
- Half-Assed Genius: Flying By the Seat of My Smartie-Pants
If I wrote the tale of my community, now there's a story for you. I'm not the one best positioned to tell it - and I'll get to that in a moment. But I bet I could title that beast.
- The D-OC: Broken Pancreases, Cupcakes, Unicorns, and the Lifting of the Human Spirit
- Thousands Like You: Social Media and Support for Patients in the Digital Age
- Word in Your Hand: How Awareness Initiatives Bring Patients Out of the Dark and Into the Future
I don't have many titles for a book about my condition. So much has been written about "overcoming" diabetes, diabetes incidence rising, searching for cures, complications. I wouldn't be writing any of that. I don't believe in any of that. I don't believe in cures, I don't believe complications are inevitable, I don't believe it can be overcome.
My titles for a book about diabetes would be something like:
- Diabetes: 24 Hours a Day with an Unpredictable Houseguest
- Quitting My Day Job: I'm a Lousy Stand-in for a Pancreas
That's what it's like living without a pancreas and relying on the only tools I have to rely on.
That's why my community has become so important to me.
That's why our lives are so often a blur of SWAGing (scientific wild-ass guessing).
And why mine would be a tale of giving it your all...most.
This post was written as part of NHBPM - 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J.