Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Today's prompt for Diabetes Blog Week is one great thing.  I'm supposed to write about one diabetes thing I do really well.

To be perfectly honest, most days I feel like I totally suck at the whole diabetes thing.  Especially lately.  I can think of a laundry list of things at which I am terrible.  I'm having a hard time coming up with something positive.  But there is one thing that I know that I do really well.

I am good at encouraging others.  I always have been.  I'm more of a listener than a talker.  I want to know what's going on in your life.  What are you struggling with?  How can I encourage you?

I like to take care of people; to make them feel better.  Which has not gone unnoticed.  Like when I was in college, and one year my roommates got me a Mother's Day card.  Because they may or may not have called me mom.  Ahem.

And a certain Scott may have been known to call me mom upon occasion.  What?  I like to check up on people, is that so wrong?

This desire to be a cheerleader, to be encouraging, has carried over into the DOC as I've gotten more involved.  I don't comment as much as I'd like to, but please know that I do read blogs and tweets and pay attention.  And that if I see someone having a hard time, I try to be encouraging.

photo by Corey Kubber
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So if you're having a hard time, know that I am here.  That others are here.  We're in your corner, cheering you on, even if you can't see it.  You can do this.  I know you can.

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  1. And I think that might be the BEST GREAT THING!!!!

  2. You are ana amazing cheerleader! You have lifted me up more than once! What a GREAT attribute to have!

  3. You're certainly awesome at encouraging, inspiring, motivating me and bringing a smile to my face when it's needed most. "Mom"-designation or not, you rule. And my world would be dimmer without your support in it. So, I'm with Sara: That's a pretty special great thing you've pointed out. Thanks for doing what you do (#likeyoudo?), and being who you are, Jess.

  4. Awwww...I LOVE THIS!!!! This is a PERFECT best thing :)

  5. Jess has the best best thing! It's the thing that keeps on besting! (It's late. I'm sleepy.)

  6. Jess... sweetie, you simply kick ass and that's why we love ya!

    You help so many, probably more than you know

  7. oh,and by the way... you're not a cheerleader

    You are one of the rare coaches in this community

  8. On many occasions, you have lifted me up and made me believe in myself. And Jess, don't forget we are here for you, too, and we love you!

  9. I agree, that is a great thing to be!

  10. This is one of the best posts for DBW2 (diabetes blog week day 2) I, like many others, am privileged enough to be the recipient of some of your amazing and encouraging words. And I don't even know you that well. :)
    so awesome!!

  11. aw man what an awesome post! it's true! you do! and we're grateful! :)

  12. You are such a good cheerleader that you should get a Nobel prize or something. Really. There are lots & lots of other things you're good at too.

    You're honest. Not just with yourself, but with others AND in a public way.

    You're good at husband picking. I haven't met him, but I already like him. :)

    You're better at the diabetes thing than you think. Your diabetes came with a lot of extra baggage that most of us will never have to deal with. And you do it with grace & humor.

    I could go on & on, but my pain meds are starting to kick in so this might get fairly silly. On the upside, DSMA tonight will be fun for y'all with me in this drugged state. :P

    Love you, kiddo!!!

  13. Some blogs are entertaining. Some are empathetic. Some elicit strong emotions. Some just tell stories. Yours.... you inspire me.

  14. You are a great encourager and a cheerleader. Thank you for being one of mine!! Love you!