So many posts from the diabetes blogging community, so many advocacy efforts -- it's tough to select just a handful to highlight here. But in keeping with the spirit of our monthly DOC Blog Roundup, here's a rundown of some of the great stuff that caught our eye in November, in no particular order:
Remember that big #DOCAsksFDA meeting on Nov. 3, when our D-Community was able to tune in for an online chat with the regulatory agency overseeing our diabetes devices? Well, Stephen at Happy Medium has a great recap post on some of that and how he felt about the virtual meeting. And of course we actually crashed the FDA's servers with our amazing community turnout, which made history in itself.
Thanksgiving Day has now come and gone, but we're still reflecting on all that we have to be thankful for in this D-Community. D-Dad Tom Karlya has done the same, as has our own Wil Dubois in a recent column. What about you?
This heartbreaking letter from a new D-Dad to his newly diagnosed son is worth a read... just make sure you have a box of tissues nearby!
Insurance change time is upon us (open enrollment period), and Sara at Moments of Wonderful has some thoughts to share on that often-touchy topic with the start of a new job recently.
Home decor for people with diabetes? Yep, read all about it over at the D-Mom Blog.
My friend Tricia just moved from Indy back to her home state of Wisconsin, and with that move she's started a new blog called The Pancreatically Challenged Nurse. While it's sad to lose a local D-peep, it's great to be able to follow along with her online as she works to become a diabetes educator.
Yes, November was a big diabetes advocacy and awareness month -- but some folks just weren't in the mood. Over at Imperfect Pancreas, Dayle explains her thoughts behind November and all the hoopla affiliated with this month. And Kate at Sweet Success has a similar refreshing post on that as well.
When I Grow Up, I Want To Be a Patient... That's what Ally is thinking in this post over at Very Light No Sugar (yes, a great coffee-named diabetes blog!).
It can be frustrating waiting for new diabetes tech to get approved, and sometimes even when we have it in our hands, that D-tech doesn't always stand up to our expecatations. Laddie at Test Guess and Go knows how that feels, as she sometimes describes herself as a modern-day D-Tech Grouch.
Fellow type 1 blogger Jessi has been feeling a little frazzled lately, and is finding herself giving in to that diabetes burnout... but despite that she's keeping a positive attitude -- especially since she's dealing with all this during a pregnancy! Head on over to Beautiful, Ugly Mystery and give her some support, DOC friends!
Have you heard of the #FreeDiabetics movement? Amber over at Life Love and Insulin shares what this relatively new effort is all about. Warning: it has elicited mixed feelings from those in our virtual community.
I found myself nodding consistently when reading through this Creeper post by Christel Aprigliano over at The Perfect D, because I've been going through the exact same thing, with my A1C creeping up almost unnoticed. Thanks to her writing about it, I'm following the cue plan to take some action on my own end. Thanks for the motivation, Christel!
Christel also has an amazing post that really is a work of art all on its own... and just happens to be inspired by a particular piece of art! Definitely worth taking the time to appreciate.
Fellow PWD Jessica over at Mastering Me: Life Notes from a Type 1 Diabetic has had a lot happening in her world lately, as the first line of her untitled post describes it: "Diabetes + Family + Career + Wedding Planning + Loss + Selling Houses = Blog Bog." Thanks for the recap, Jessica, and we're glad to have your voice in the DOC!
Writing a blog post during a hypo... impossible? Well, that's what Alanna has done over at Life On T1. Check out her post appropriately titled, "Low Brain, No Edits." :)
We share our favorites every month, but we want to include yours! Please send along your D-post picks for the month of December to us via email. We look forward to hearing from you.