We're now at the end of the fifth month of 2017, which is simply amazing. How quickly this year is going by!
Of course, the summer
months bring a bevy of diabetes conference activity and we're excited
about that, but it's already been a busy May -- from the annual Diabetes Blog Week, to Mother's Day and Memorial Day, aside from all the usual banter about life with diabetes.
Here's our rundown of the great Diabetes Online Community (DOC) posts that caught our eye in May, in no particular order:
Fave Diabetes Blog Posts of May 2017
We lost an incredible diabetes advocate and friend this past month, with longtime type 2 journalist David Mendosa passing away from cancer. We wrote our own tribute to David, as did many others in the Diabetes Online Community. RIP to a great person and a wonderful friend.
We marked another Mother's Day and it was nice finding this heartfelt thank you post over at A Diabetic Abroad in Spain, offering some love. We certainly echo those thoughts to our own moms and all the D-Moms out there!
Would You Kill Me for a Tax Cut? Clearly, healthcare reform is a sensitive issue and it hits all of us with pre-existing conditions) quite hard; the recent Congressional action on the Affordable Health Care Act is quite controversial. We give props to Ashlyn over at A Trail of Test Strips, who personalizes what all this means for her and our Diabetes Community. And we also caught the post Won't You Help Me? by Charlie over at Adventures with LADA, exploring her own concerns about this healthcare reform issue for our D-Community...
Speaking of healthcare, we both had to chuckle and nod in agreement with this post by Reva at TypeONEderful who writes about "The Attack" -- based on her recent phone conversation with a customer service rep at an insurance company. Totally get it, and we've all been there, Reva. Props to you for re-thinking your anger and finding the mindfulness to apologize.
Of course, no May is complete with the now-annual Diabetes Blog Week! This was the 8th year, and founder Karen Graffeo at Bitter-Sweet Diabetes has a 2017 recap noting how 100+ bloggers participated and shared their POVs on the prompts each day. We're still making our way through these, so take your time and enjoy them all as you're able!
Dr. P over at Diagnosed Not Defeated shares her account of living with T2D, and for the first day of D-Blog Week she wrote about her Unexpected Run-Ins with the Healthcare System thanks to diabetes.
We loved the clever blog title "Keeping My BS in Check" where D-peep Al Bricks shares about how "All of it and None of It" is responsible for bringing the mood down when it comes to diabetes... yep, totally agree there. It's certainly a fine line sometimes, isn't it?
Over at My Diabetic Heart, our T2-turned LADA diagnosed friend Mike Durbin isn't playing that Blame Game but is choosing instead to reflect on the daily management duties and positive things in life... and diabetes. Well done, Mike! Hope we can all follow your lead there.
We enjoyed finding this one with the URL containing "cupcakes and no sleep" (two interesting combos there!), and reading what this D-Mom has to say about dealing with the unexpected aspects of D-Life that seem to come at us all the time.
Judgment sucks, but it seems to constantly be lobbed our way like a softball to the body. For D-Blog Week, Dana at Short and Sweet writes about out what many people say her to her, and how she often responds.
Congrats to our Canadian D-peep Kayla Brown, who recently said YES! to a marriage proposal. Send her some love and congrats over at her Life's Notes blog.
While we're talking wedding stuff, this was a fun one by Rebecca at Diabetic Herbivore about a Wedding Day Blooper she experienced on her wedding day and night... but luckily, some D-peeps came to the rescue!
Three Cheers for the #DOC is a title that certainly got our attention from the Gluten-Free Adventurer, who lives with both T1D and GF. Great read on what our online community is all about, and not just a spot for "busy-bodies and weirdos."
What do you carry around due to diabetes? Trip Stoner at My Dear Pancreas shares a bit about what she carries in her backpack thanks to living with T1D, and we love how she notes that "it's always with her and never far away."
Thanks to Stephen Shaul at Happy Medium who attended an important FDA workshop to talk about medical devices and diabetes, and kept tabs to give us a great recap of that meeting.
We loved this poem, Rx Straddles the Ledge, by Ally over at Very Light No Sugar. It's poetry that truly captures the essence of "living on the edge," particularly when it comes to those ever-breakable but so very expensive glass vials of insulin.
Ever had a low blood sugar at 3 a.m.? And then felt guilty afterward? Yep, many of us can raise our hands. Chris Stocker at Life of a Diabetic shares his recent experience and how he felt about that hypo once all was said and done.
Many of us will agree that diabetes can present some serious speed bumps in life, so it was nice to read this post by the "Long Point Girl" who lives with T2D and has experienced some of those obstacles. Here's to hoping for smooth roads ahead, as much as possible!
UK-based T1 peep Mike at Everyday Ups and Downs has been out of practice in running for the past few years, but he recently jumped back into that saddle with a 10k run (with T1D on board, of course). He writes on what that was like, includes a video, and offers some advice to those pondering doing the same. Thanks, Mike x2!
Measuring Our Work as people living with diabetes is never-ending, yet it's so under-appreciated by most. Thanks to Corinna at Spinning D Plates for posting this very thoughtful and spiritually-refreshing piece on that note. And you definitely have to appreciate napkin-doodling as an art form, all on its own when coming up with deep D-thoughts!
So that's what is on our radar for this past month. How about you, D-friends?
Please keep your eyes peeled in June for your own favorite posts of the month, and then send us your picks via email. We look forward to hearing from you!