As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, here on this blog – and everywhere in the Diabetes Online Community, I go by the moniker “Scott E.” When I first joined TuDiabetes in 2008, I was a bit tentative about putting my full identity out there, but I wasn’t quite comfortable with hiding behind a witty moniker either. It seemed a bit … disingenuous.
No, I’m not trying to imply a connection with a singer/drummer of a similar name (although I did see Sheila E deliver an unexpected performance at a Prince concert once, and I must say she magnificently outshined the headlining act). Diabetes doesn’t make for A Glamorous Life (for me, anyway), and I don’t want diabetes to define me when someone Google-searches my name.
I’m not ashamed of diabetes; not at all. Quite the contrary, I’m proud of all that I’ve learned and all that I’ve accomplished using someone else’s insulin for over 30 years. I’m also proud of the lives I’ve (hopefully) touched since becoming vocal in the DOC on TuDiabetes and elsewhere — and for the last month and a half, this blog.