I wanted this blog to be about my family's experience with my son's Type 1 Diabetes. My family is more than just diabetes, but I want this blog to be focused on how it affects our family. I hope other T1D parents find it helpful, and that my family and friends find it informative.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Online Support Groups vs Online Business Reviews

I own two businesses.  I am well aware of the fact that an upset client is 10 times (if not more) likely to take the time to get online and write a negative review of the business than a happy client is.  Happy clients expect to be happy, it doesn't even cross their mind to get online and tell everyone how their expectations have been met time and time again for years and years now. 

I'm starting to get the same feeling from some of the T1D support groups I've joined.  I read such sad and difficult stories about living with T1D and how hard it makes life for everyone involved.  I read these over and over again in multiple groups, not as much in others.  When I first joined I was terrified.  I couldn't imagine that Johnny and our family are going to have to struggle daily like some of these support groups make it seem.  I was told over and over about getting up every 2 hours from now until Johnny moves out to check his blood sugars at night.  Now, I am only 2 weeks into this... and I don't know what I don't know... but it seems to me that this might be sort of like the online reviews of business.  If you are struggling with T1D (which many people really are, so I am not saying they are not) then you seek out these support groups.  If you are not struggling and you are living life with T1D fine other than the obvious adaptations... then why would you seek out these support groups... it wouldn't occur to someone who doesn't need support managing T1D. 

Maybe I am still in denial?  I really don't know.  I am just trying to keep an open mind and positive outlook. 

1 comment:

  1. I am sure you are right. Whenever I've researched symptoms and other things I've faced, I always find the horror/scary stories. A friend of mine was recently banned from her computer (by her husband) because she was freaking herself out about something that's going on with their baby. The internet will do that! ;)