Introducing the Diabetes Online Community
What is the DOC?
The Diabetes Online Community, or the DOC as it is more often known, is a group of people with Type One Diabetes that get together on Twitter every Tuesday between 8pm – 9pm for Tweetchats. You can ask questions, share experiences, debate the latest Diabetes developments, review products, discuss common and less common issues, chat generally about Type One or even just listen in. All of the conversations take place using the hashtag #OurD.
The chats are facilitated by Our Diabetes: “a community led, community focused platform that enables people with diabetes to be empowered, educated and supported in their condition.”
What happens in a DOC Tweetchat?
Sometimes the chats are themed with community members suggesting areas that they’d like to talk about. Past topics have included Eating Disorders, Hypos, Sports and Exercise. The Our Diabetes site provides information on the chats prior to the Tuesday evening meet-up including the topic and recommended reading for those that want to prepare.
There are several predominant bloggers, tweeters and diabetes evangelists joining the #ourD conversations such as Grumpy Pumper, Understudy Pancreas, Beta Betic and Ninjabetic who regularly hosts chats. Ninjabetic explains why she loves the DOC in this article, where she summarises the DOC:
“It’s almost as if it’s the missing part of my diabetes care, the piece of the jigsaw that I had always needed, was there waiting for me online.”
Here is a brief overview of the conversations that took place on September 2nd 2014 to give you a feel of what goes on in #ourD:
The #doc is an incredible support network – an open and inclusive platform where you can ask questions, get things off your chest and learn more about Type 1 diabetes without judgement. Individuals no longer need to feel alone. So what are you waiting for, get involved.
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