Today is the anniversary of the birth of our fearless leader, AmyT.

In honor of this momentous occasion, I, her loyal assistant editor and Gal Friday, have taken over for the day to organize a special tribute to this fabulous woman, who has provided us with countless reports of late-breaking diabetes news and represented the patient community with candor, integrity and pizzazz. The DOC certainly wouldn't be the same without her!

People often ask me how I met Amy, and honestly I feel like I've always known Amy! We were among the first bloggers, way back in the spring of 2005, exploring the vast and uncharted territory of the Internet. Now it's 2011 and I'm having a blast working with Amy here at DiabetesMine, reporting on all things diabetes. She is sweet, spunky, whip-smart, and very opinionated. And yes, she's a very good boss, too. But more important than that: she's a good friend. I hope to celebrate many birthdays with her in the years to come!

To join me in the celebration, I've invited DiabetesMine's two newest contributors, Wil and Haidee, to share some special birthday wishes:

For AmyT (T is for Terrific!)

News nuggets from around the diabetes community

American Diabetes Association Names New CEO
Non-profit leader Kevin L. Hagan named as new chief exec of national diabetes org after six-month search.
FDA Approves New Basal Insulin
Sanofi's Troujeo has 'flatter profile' of action that helps to avoid lows.
Daytona Win for Racecar Driver with Diabetes!
Type 1 driver Ryan Reed wins first NASCAR series race at Daytona on Feb. 21.

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by Wil Dubois

It was a dark and stormy night. Oh. Wait. Actually, it was a pleasant sunny afternoon in March of 2005. I'd had internet for several years, but rarely used it. But now I had Type 1 Diabetes and no one around here seemed to know much about it. So I starting Goggling it. Again and again. For many months I found nothing but crap on the internet about diabetes. Then on that pleasant day in March, I found a crazy, skinny girl who was writing Dr. Seuss diabetes.

Round and round and round it goes, and where it stops could be my toes.

I'd like to keep mine. Yes, that's wise. I'll keep my nerves and feet and eyes.

It took me two, maybe four seconds to fall in love with her. Her voice was fresh. Different. She was funny. And smart. And she was one of my kind. I wasn't the only adult dx'd type 1 in the world after all. Amy's words were like a life buoy, thrown to a drowning man in storm-tossed seas. We emailed back and forth over the months and years that followed and became good friends.

And then came the first Roche Summit. And walking into the lobby of the hotel, straight from the airport, I recognized Amy the second I saw her for the first time. And she rocked every bit as much as I knew she would. And now, what seems like a hundred years later, but is really only forty-three thousand shots and fingersticks since that day in March, I get to work with her at her wonderful website that so changed my life.

Diabetes a blessing? Not many people would think so. But for me? Hell yeah. I'm a hundred times blessed to have diabetes, and to have friends like Amy T.

And of course, what kind of birthday would it be without some celebratory... crab cake?

Happy Birthday, Amy!!

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