Goodbye to My Blog (The Penultimate Entry)

It’s almost March, almost five years since that month in 2007 when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. In July of that year I wrote my first entry for my Diabetes Self-Management blog. I had no idea at the time that over four and a half years later I’d still be at it, nor could I have realized then how important the weekly writings would be for helping me through, especially that first year, the not always easy and — actually quite often — difficult and frustrating learning curve that comes with assimilating a chronic illness into one’s daily life.


My time writing for you, however, is drawing to a close. This week marks my next-to-last entry as a blogger for Diabetes Self-Management. After next week’s entry, I’ll become past tense. Not sure what’ll happen to my catalog of entries — if they’ll remain forever in some archive as long as this site lives, or if they’ll be relegated, eventually, to that cached world of all things Internet. Archive status. Wayback Machine material.

It’s been a good run, but as I said when I told my editor I’ve decided to call it quits, lately I’ve run out of things to write about that give me insight into living with my illness. And because my reason for writing the blog is to shed light on my own life with diabetes — and if it serves to help you in the process, that’s fantastic — I really don’t wish to force the writing each week. Sure, I can always find something to say; I have no problems filling space. But I don’t want to only fill space with words about diabetes that don’t do much for me.

So, I’ve chosen as my catalyst for calling it quits a recent correspondence from Diabetes Self-Management about an upcoming two-month hiatus, a hiatus because they’re going to be trying out some new things with the Web site. (Editor’s Note: Be sure to check back in on February 2 for the debut entry by Maryam Elarbi, a young adult with Type 1 diabetes who’s figuring out how to balance college life with self-management.) Rather than return in April, or at some point this year, or ever, save maybe a guest entry at some point down the road (perhaps?), I mulled it over and realized that what’s best for me is to remain on permanent hiatus.

I didn’t want my last blog entry to be the notification that I’m leaving, so you’re getting it this week. I don’t really know how many people follow my blog. I’m sure I could ask for statistics from the DSM Web people, but just because I get stats… well, that still doesn’t tell me who’s really reading it, or who gets something, anything, out of it. Over the years I’ve read and thought about all of your comments; even though I don’t respond much anymore, I see every comment. So many people have so many feeds and so much goes on on the Internet that unless someone comments, all I can hope (save some wonderful and probably impossible data from a Web analytic tool) is that all of you who follow my blog have gotten something out of it. I know I have.

For my final entry next week? I haven’t yet decided what I’ll do. I’m kind of thinking about combing back through the several hundred entries and reflecting on some of the things I’ve since forgotten about. Yeah, maybe I’ll do that. Or maybe I’ll do something completely different. Stay tuned, but it’s really the last time you’ll ever have to do so.

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  • jim snell

    Thank you for all your excellent contributions.

  • Laura

    I was diagnosed in February 2008, in my mid20s, and have very much appreciated your perspective over the years. You were one of the people that I really feel helped me through the very difficult transition of being a healthy adult with a bit of a needle phobia to a (still healthy!) adult who was muddling through the day-to-day of managing Type 1 diabetes. Even the times when you openly admitted to not being sure what to write as diabetes wasn’t really on your mind just made your blog seem more honest and refreshing… like you were someone leading a normal life, with normal problems — in other words down to earth and easy to identify with. I’ve been a faithful reader since my diagnosis.

    Anyway, thank you. Your blog, especially in that first year after I was diagnosed, made me feel much less alone. ūüôā

  • Deb

    Oh my goodness, Eric, it won’t be Thursday without your blog. I’m serious – it’s the first thing I check for every Thursday. But the important thing is that it’s outlived its usefulness to you.
    Thank you for all the Thursdays, including next week’s, and all the sharing of your diabetes, your cancer, and your life. Best of luck to you.

  • Kaye Gamble

    I became a diabetic about the same time that you did. Your posts have been important to me because I didn’t know that much about diabetes and I was anxious and worried. You’ve helped me through the, as you say, “difficult and frustrating learning curve that comes with assimilating a chronic illness into one’s daily life.” Thank you. I wish you the best.

  • Savannah’s Mom

    I love your blog. My daughter was diagnosed 2 years ago and you and the others on this site have provided me valuable insight into the life of a diabetic. Thank you for your time…best of luck to you. I hope to see your name pop up in the upcoming years….

  • Wayne Z

    Sorry to see you go. I enjoyed your work

  • Kathy

    Sorry to see you leave. I have enjoyed reading your article every week. Your thyroid articles were very enlighting. I have been a Type 1 for almost 62 years. Yes, I wrote that correct 62 years. I have all my limbs and body parts. I like to think it is because of good care. My mom was an RN, and I know that was a really big help when I was a young child with diabetes. All the very best to you and your family.

  • cde

    You are still providing hope and encouragement. How wonderful to be able to say this disease that really does take a lot of management, has just become so much a part of who you are that you don’t feel you have much to write about. I may be wrong, but I think that is a good place to get to.

  • Cathy A.

    Eric, I am sad for me that you are leaving but happy for you that you have made that decision. I open my computer on Wednesdays and go right to your blog. Now I will remember with fondness all the energy you gave to us. Best wishes to you, your wife, and the dog. Maybe even children in the future? How about a guest spot once in a while just to keep us posted? I feel like an old aunt sending her beloved nephew off the a foreign land with no internet access!

    Know there are a lot of us out here who care and have benefitted by your honesty, humor, and common sense.

  • Naomi W.

    Thank you very much for your blogs. I have had Type 1 diabetes for 53 years and, like Kathy above, I have all my body parts and am doing pretty well. I did acquire 2 extra body parts when I had cataract surgery in December and am seeing remarkably better with my new implanted lenses. I will miss your blogs but wish you the best in whatever you will be doing.

  • Jean S.

    I agree with the rest of your readers that I’ll miss you too,and have gotten used to looking for this site,and YOU. So much good info from all of you. Great help to a new type 2 now in year 6,and doing pretty well most of the time and know why not when it isn’t. Enter the next phase of your life and go with the same gusto you had with the column. Can’t say goodbye..just till we see you again! Don’t be a stranger,lol.

  • Louise Flack

    Dear Eric,

    I will really miss your blogs, none of the other ones reached me like yours has. I am a diabetic for 53 years and you sounded so much like me in so many of the things you talked about. I would just sit and chuckle, for what you were going thru. I had been thru before so many times. You really made me feel that I was not alone in this disease, which will never go away. I am also a pump and senser user. It is so important to keep on top of things for your healths sake. I have done very well all these years. Keep up the good work and may God Bless You in the care of your Diabetes. Louise F.