Today marks the end of another year, amazingly. Please read our 2012 Year in Review to get the 'Mine's perspective on the year now nearly behind us. Tomorrow, we step into a brand new year!
Before that happens, though, we are taking a look back at some of the great posts in the Diabetes Online Community this past month. As usual, there are so many... and we've done our best to highlight a handful that caught our eye in December:
Probably the biggest thing that happened this month was that NPR ran a story about how social media can help diabetes patients, quoting fellow D-blogger Kerri Sparling. But there was an uproar among the DOC about the piece stating that the value of social media remains unproven, so the Diabetes Advocates responded with an Open Letter to NPR, signed by hundreds of us D-bloggers!
As if to underline the point, our friend and fellow PWD Scott Strange at Strangely Diabetic wrote a series of posts about how his life has changed in recent years, since finding the DOC, in being able to recognize and address his mental health issues. His first two posts, That Fateful Saturday, and It Would Be So Easy, set the stage for this series of posts that are brave, honest, and very insightful.
Kelly Booth writes about how her goals as a patient have changed since she discovered the DOC, proving once again how much this community means to so many of us and how life-changing it can be.
PWD Shara Bialo (one of our Patient Voices Contest winners) recounts what it was like over the Thanksgiving holiday when she, a pediatric endo, admitted a record seven kids (!) diagnosed with type 1. But even with the D-diagnosis news, Shara says these families found some silver lining to be thankful for.
Many of us have heard it before: A cure is "right around the corner," maybe only about five years away. D-Dad Scott Benner at Arden's Day wants medical professionals to give it a rest, and stop saying cure at the time of diagnosis.
We all know the importance of finding a great endo, and Jess Collins over at Me and D has a message for her beloved endo: Please Don't Retire Anytime Soon!
If your diabetes were a car or vehicle, what would it be? For D-Mom Meri Schuhmacher, the answer is: an SUV. We love the creativity and metaphor, Meri!
Random D-Meetups IRL (in real life!) are always fun, and Shannon over at No More Shots For Shannon had the experience of running into two fellow D-Community members recently and enjoying some random D-talk.
D-wife Mollie Busby has also found hope in the DOC, finding personal connections not only for her PWD-husband Sean, but for herself as a spouse, too. Have a look at her post over at A Sweet Life.
We're not the only ones wrapping up the year 2012. Check out Probably Rachel for a happy assessment, and Running on Carbs for a thoughtful year-end piece on how to deal with financial difficulties in the coming year.
Back over at Six Until Me, Kerri and Abby Bayer made a fun holiday-themed vlog that includes their great personalities and creative topics like "the most un-diabetes police thing" said by family during the holidays? Great stuff, ladies!
Living with diabetes can often seem overwhelming, and blood tests and insulin dosing and doctors appointments become the priorities in our lives. But D-Mom Amy over at Naturally Sweet Sisters, who has two girls with type 1, offers some advice: You CAN find yourself outside of diabetes, and here's the hobby she has her sights on for 2013!
And last but certainly not least: This has been an exciting year of diabetes news, but PWD Michael Aviad has a look at what could be on the horizon for 2013 in the world of new diabetes products.
Thanks to all of you for some great posts this month, and throughout 2012. Naturally, we can't wait to see what the DOC has in store for 2013!!