Just before we hit November, the big National Diabetes Awareness Month, it's worth taking a moment to look back on what this past month has brought us from the Diabetes Online Community (DOC). There's been a whole lot of action in October, and despite today's Halloween theme, the posts we've seen have served to inspire more than scare us.
So before you head out for some trick-or-treat action this evening or turn on some scary Halloween flicks, be sure to check out some of the online treats that we felt deserved a spot in our DOC blogosphere goodie bag today. Enjoy!
Since today is Halloween, we just had to share this great post by Craig Idlebrook at Insulin Nation called How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse with T1D. As Mike's a big fan of the AMC show The Walking Dead, he couldn't resist this theme.
There are a lot of advocacy efforts kicking off now, as we head into November. Our T1 blogging friend Stephen Shaul has a good wrap up on all that's happening, from the community's push for Congress to support diabetes legislation, to the Big Blue Test and making sure people tune in for the #DOCAsksFDA chat this coming Monday. Go check it out for yourself!
Do you have anything to fear from eating candy with diabetes? Well, D-Mom Hallie Addington and D-Dad Tom Karlya both share their perspectives on that, when it comes to being able to enjoy such a sweets-focused holiday with T1D on board.
Have you seen this video, All About the Cure? Well, you should. So worth checking out what these kids with diabetes have cooking!
Type 1 blogger Kim Vlasnik posted an outstanding video on Texting My Pancreas about her recent talk at the MedX Conference at Stanford University, one that she totally rocked in sharing her personal story of living with D!
This month, the DSMA (Diabetes Social Media Advocacy) Blog Carnival posed a great question about recognizing the differences among types of D-faces. We love talking and seeing unity, but the reality is that differences do exist among us and always will, by default, cause some division within our D-Community. It's great to see this prompt encouraging folks to share their perspectives on how we can recognize those differences while still moving forward in a positive way.
Along those lines, this post from Laddie over at Test Guess and Go caught our eye, in how she shares thoughts on how all of us in this community need to learn to play well together in this virtual sandbox. Great set of rules she sets there, indeed.
Speaking of milestones, type 1 PWD and D-Mom Wendy Morgan at Diabetes Life Balance has hit 31 years with diabetes -- happy diaversary!
We love the Running On Carbs blog that Celine has created, and this post about marking her "Dexaversary" (anniversary on the Dexcom CGM) and new milestones in her D-life made us smile.
Our friend Scott Johnson confessed that he recently had his highest A1C in six years, but what was great is seeing how he analyzes the reasons for that and is charting a path forward. Way to go, Scott!
Christel Aprigliano at The Perfect D blog has a brilliant post that digs into the costs of very basic D-survival -- and uses that analysis to advocate for the financial resources that exist for PWDs who need it most.
We often hear PWDs griping about this joke or that offhand comment when it comes to diabetes, like in this recent Big Bang Theory episode that irked some of our D-Community. But we also have to take notice when TV shows get it right, like they did on Modern Family not too long ago, as evaulated by Jennifer Jacobs over at A Sweet Life.
Diabetes cannot be ignored... that's the message our T2 blogging friend Kate shares over at Sweet Success. Go take a read.
Can you write a six-word essay about living with diabetes? Some are, like Scott at Rolling in the D. Maybe you can play with some words this way, too.
We share our favorites every month, but we want to include yours! Please send along your D-post picks for the month of November to us via email. We look forward to hearing from y'all.