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How long did it take you to get help after you were first diagnosed with diabetes?
I was offered help immediately and I took that help right away to navigate these new waters.
 
I was offered help immediately, but it was some time before I was ready to accept that help.
 
I was in the dark after my diagnosis, but quickly figured out where to go/what to do.
 
I was on my own from the get go. It took me a month or less to get on track.
 
It took me less than 3 months to figure out my next steps.
 
I think it was 3 to 6 months before I knew where to find help.
 
I was on my own for 6 to 9 months before I found help.
 
It was definitely a good 9 months to a year before I had assistance.
 
It's been a year or more since my diagnosis and I'm still feeling all alone in this.
 
I know where to find help. I'm just not ready to get that help yet.
 

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by Brenda Bell
Every writer has a collection of posts, letters, essays, books, and/or poems he has started but never completed; drafted but never edited; submitted but had rejected. In jargon, these are called "the morgue". In effect, they are "dead" ideas which have never come to life. Some of the entries in my morgue are there because they are no longer timely — a 2012 piece starting with a bicyclists' protest in Brazil, for example; others are there because they've...