We're now at the end of the fifth month of 2013, which is simply amazing — how quickly this year is going by! With the summer months soon bringing a bunch of diabetes conference activity, we feel especially motivated to highlight all the great posts from this past month.
So, in no particular order, here are some of our recent faves from the Diabetes Online Community (DOC):
Our D-Community came together online once again for the fourth annual Diabetes Blog Week that ran May 13-19, the brainchild of Karen Graffeo at Bitter-Sweet Diabetes that featured more than 100 posts every day! Obviously, that's just too many great posts to name individually, so make sure you check out Karen's listings for each day's awesome posts.
On a serious note, you likely didn't miss the news about the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma earlier this month. But what wasn't as publicized was all the great work that fellow PWDs, Pharma companies, and organizations have been doing to help those who need D-supplies in the affected areas. Fellow D-Blogger Kelly Kunik has a comprehensive wrap on those efforts at her blog, Diabetesaliciousness.
A handful of D-Advocates came together on May 21 for the first-ever Diabetes Hope Conference, a web-based event that D-Blogger and fellow PWD Scott Johnson helped coordinate to get a real conversation going about how people can talk more openly about diabetes complications. That virtual conference is now available online, and there are a few panels you can watch to get an idea what the conversation was all about.
Being at the Lilly Diabetes Blogger Summit late last month gave us the chance to experience the insulin-making process up close and personal, and for D-Dad Scott Benner it was an emotional experience that actually brought him to tears.
What do dinosaurs and good health care insurance have in common? Christel at The Perfect Diabetic has the answer... and it's a great read!
Our community is full of bloggers and authors and poets alike, and D-Dad Tim Brand shows off his poetic talents in a post about what it's like raising two children with type 1.
Wow, how time flies when you're... writing about diabetes. Kerri at Six Until Me was one of the first in the community to start blogging (just after Amy started!), and she marked 8 years in the DOC this month with a little bloggy-design makeover. Nice!
A Day of Diabetes, Moment by Moment... that's what Chris Snider at A Consequence of Hypoglycemia got going with this post that prompted some others in the DOC to join in on the "real-time diabetes" online action using the twitter hashtag, #dayofdiabetes. It's never too late to start, so go on and join in the fun!
A few D-Moms in the community decided to make it known that while they are famous for their Superhero Human-Pancreas talents, they are in fact more than just Type Awesomes. They have other roles, too. Hallie Addington started the ball rolling on the "More Than Just A D-Mom" series, and several others joined in during May.
Fellow type 1 blogger Stephen over at the Happy Medium wrote a post comparing all his options to treat Lows and Highs, and it was an interesting look at the differences in how we feel about those two extremes on the blood sugar rollercoaster.
Many of us who've been at this diabetes game a while remember those dreaded Exchange Systems back before the days of carb-counting, and Jess Collins has a great post with a little perspective on how much she appreciates the fact that most foods are Not Forbidden Anymore.
Yes, pregnancy and diabetes can be a touchy topic... but when you read Karen's post at Blah Blah Brooklyn, you can not only cheer for her good news but also for the image she shares at the end of the post.
We couldn't help LOL'ing (laughing out loud) while reading about Shara's "nail-biting" experience getting her nails done and not having to carry the emergency on-call pager that she often must tote everywhere because of her role as a pediatric endo-in-training. But, of course, diabetes found its way to come along for the ride anyway!
Writing diabetes reminders on your fingers can work -- as long as you don't get confused thinking "PB" meant peanut butter instead of pre-bolus! Take a cue from Reva at TypeONEderful on this one.
We share our favorites every month, but we want to include yours! Please send along your D-post picks for the month of June to us via email. We look forward to hearing from y'all.