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You are about to read my last blog entry until August. That’s right. No more Thursday publication of Eric Lagergren’s musings and anecdotes of his life lived with Type 1 diabetes. At least for a while.

I’ll be taking a break from diabetes blogging for two months.

Why?

For the past three years I’ve been writing a weekly entry about living with diabetes. I’ve enjoyed the process, the introspection, and the perspective the act of writing most of the entries has given me. I’ve also enjoyed the interactions with readers of this blog. Your suggestions, your comments, and sometimes your disagreements with me have shown me that there’s an audience for my less-than-1000-word entries I type up and submit to Diabetes Self-Management.

I like that.

Yet with all that’s been going on these past six months in the nondiabetes realm, I’ve felt as if I was reaching and grasping when coming up with topics to write about each week.

Why?

For those of you who don’t know what’s been going on, I’ll simply say that I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma in late 2009; I had a thyroidectomy in January, the follow-up radioactive iodine treatment, and everything is now taken care of and I’m cancer free. (Any perusal of my blog entries in 2010 — especially entries from January — will provide you with more information on the cancer, if you’re so inclined.)

With the cancer and all that fighting it entailed, sitting down weekly to write diabetes-related material became somewhat of a ho-hum and rote task, even if I tried to write about diabetes as it related to the cancer treatments. When faced with the cancer on a daily basis, the diabetes life was boring. Can you believe that?

I was cool, for a while, with trying to overlap the content, especially when the two medical maladies in my life did overlap. It was nice to write about the cancer, too; writing about it for the blog provided the same introspection for dealing with the thyroid cancer that I’d previously discovered in writing about my diabetes.

Lately, though — the past month or so — I’ve been forcing it. So, a couple of weeks ago I realized that because I’m not writing this blog for my livelihood, and because no one’s forcing me to do it, and because it should be a joy to write these entries and not reason to stress out and worry that I’m doing readers a disservice by stretching the same tired topic too thin when I rehash what I’ve written about too much before…

Well, because of that, I’m going to step away from the blog and recharge for a couple of months. I’m going to keep some notes when I feel like it. I’m going to think about what I may want to begin with when I return in August. But I’m going to enjoy my time away.

I’ll be ready return to writing when my hiatus is over.

But wait!

Before I sign off, can I ask those of you who’ve read my blog in the past to do one thing for me? OK, I hope this doesn’t feel like an assignment, because it isn’t (and now that I’m typing this I realize I’ll probably only get one or two responses at most. Oh how full of paranoia I can be….)

Here: Either in the comments section for this entry or via a message to me that will not appear in this blog, please leave a note to let me know what it is you like about reading my entries and why you’re drawn to reading this weekly blog — if, of course, you’re a weekly reader.

I’m a feedback kind of guy, and in my down time I’ll take suggestions into consideration for when I return.

If you wish to comment, do so below. If you wish to send an e-mail, please click here and put “Note to Eric” in the subject line.

Thanks. Enjoy your summer! See you in August.

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  1. Eric,
    Your blog was one of the first I found after my diagnosis almost two years ago. It struck a chord with me because like me, you were diagnosed as an adult. There is so little information available for (or often even acknowledgement of) adults diagnosed with Type 1. I have looked forward to your weekly entries and wish you the best during your well-deserved hiatus.

    Posted by Kim |
  2. Eric,
    you deserve some time off due to your health probs. Hard to continue on when you’re dead tired, physically or emotionally. It takes a lot out of you. As i have said in earlier blog responses, i was dignosed as T1 as an adult.
    In a group of 5 adults, I am the only T1. I give them general information about diabetes. The specifics of T2 is from diabetes educator, endocronolists and primary care physicians(pcp)
    Relax, be with family,find your smile & laughter again. I’m reading a fascinating book, REPACKING YOUR BAGS: HOW TO LIVE WITH A NEW SENSE OF PURPOSE
    by Richard J. Leider & David A. Shapiro.
    I’d like to get your thots on the book; if you decide to read it. I found my copy @ Barnes & Noble Bookstore, in the bargain books section.

    Posted by misskitty3 |
  3. Eric, I don’t read your blog every week, but when I do I find it helpful.
    I really like reading about your trials and tribulations dealing with diabetes and how you manage your life. It is oh so helpful to know other people out there deal with the same things!
    It seems that every time I’m ready to just give it all up you come along with something that makes me realize it’s not all that bad.
    Take time off, find your center again, and enjoy life–I hope you come back but if you don’t it’s okay.
    Thanks for the help!!
    Mary in Florida

    Posted by Mary |
  4. Eric, I can’t put my finger on why I read your article every week but I do. Perhaps it is that you seem to take all this in stride and handle it all without a lot of weeping or crying. Anyway I will miss your postings and look forward to seeing your writing again when the urge strikes.

    Posted by Robinhood16 |
  5. Eric,
    Going to miss your blog but if anyone ever deseved a vacation, you certainly do. I enjoy reading your blog because you seem so educated and up-to-date on the latest info. I am a Type 2 but all diabetics have alot in common. Also, I admire the way you have handled the load—how would most of us react if we had a 2-ton truck(cancer) dropped on us on top of diabetes? Time for you to take a break, relax, do whatever you love to do to reduce stress. Spend some time in nature, maybe read something inspirational. Make a few notes on your thoughts. Then maybe you can come back with a fresh flow of ideas you want to share with us. Wishing you the very best.

    Posted by Linda Martin |
  6. Eric,
    I enjoy your blogs because you talk about my 2 chronic diseases, thyroid & diabetes, specifically type 1 diabetes.
    Enjoy your time off. See you in August

    Posted by miss kitty3 |

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