Once again it's time to reflect on what marked the year here at DiabetesMine.com. 2009 was surely eventful, both for this blog and for me personally. Never a dull a moment when you're a busy D-blogger, Health 2.0 advocate, and mother of three, I guess. Here's a list of some key milestones that stand out in my mind:
State of the Union: It's Time to Cure Diabetes
President launching new precision medicine initiative to better treat, cure diseases like diabetes.
'Robotic Pancreas' Appears On American Idol
Carlos Santana's nephew Adam Lasher shows off Dexcom G4 during live performance.
Metformin: A Great Lakes Disaster?
Wisconsin researchers find diabetes drug being discharged into Lake Michigan, affecting fish.
January - I was invited to New York to attend a Health Bloggers Summit hosted by the Consumer Reports organization. There I was privileged to meet the likes of Dr. Val Jones, famous Mommy Blogger Jessica Gottlieb, and even the creator of Craigslist himself, Craig Newmark. FDA patient rep Rebecca Killion also spoke her mind here on the 'Mine.
February - I had a bit of a scare with a mammogram. It passed uneventfully, Thank God, but rattled my sense of living as a person with diabetes, yet again. Pharma really started getting their feet wet in social media — just as we all debated our stance as "patients vs. consumers."
March - a very big month! President Obama lifted restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. The Deltec Cozmo insulin pump disappeared from the market. Lifescan launched the first diabetes iPhone app for a mainstream glucose meter. I successfully avoided Jury Duty, on Diabetes Alert Day, no less.
May - Sonia Sotomayor made history as the first Type 1 diabetic nominated to the Supreme Court. The 2009 DiabetesMine Design Challenge winners were announced, illustrating what true integration of D-devices with the iPhone might look like. My chatter about CVS/Caremark's cost cuts — by skimping on cold packs for insulin shipments — launched lots of discussion.
I reported live from the annual ADA Scientific Sessions Conference - more overwhelming every year.
August - The Powers That Be butted heads over blood sugar guidelines for diabetics: To be aggressive or not to be? For those who opt to go aggressive, Kelly Close helped introduce some new tricks for optimizing insulin pump use.
Non-invasive technology expert John Smith gave us a status report, explaining why creating a successful non-invasive BG monitor is so darn hard to do.
October - the new Journal of Participatory Medicine was launched! I am delighted to be a member of the editorial board.
I visited the Roche New Concept Incubator.
I started working with the American Heart Association to help PWDs prevent heart attacks.
November - National Diabetes Awareness Month. For World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, thousands of diabetics participated in the world's biggest online blood sugar test-in, the Big Blue Test. And don't forget SugaSheen and their new D-rap musical stylings.
I interviewed the man behind the next great hope for inhalable insulin, Al Mann.
I actually spoke at the Diabetes Technology Society conference. Quite an honor!
The FDA is struggling to set guidelines for Social Media, which will surely be a big theme in 2010.
Confession time: some days I do feel like there can't possibly be anything else to write about this aggravating illness. But then I often encounter someone new, and get inspired all over again.
Speaking of inspired, we're currently in the early planning stages for the 2010 DiabetesMine Design Challenge, which promises to be very exciting this time around — with a community voting aspect! Hooray! So all I ask is that you stick around here, and allow me to accompany you through yet another year of "all things diabetes."
With much warmth and respect -