A little diabetes online fun for your Monday: Use your Noggin and three lucky readers will win a free copy of Dan Hurley's new "epic" book, "Diabetes Rising."
First off, you may have heard a lot of buzz about this book lately. The full title is, "Diabetes Rising: How a Rare Disease Became a Modern Pandemic, and What to Do About It." It's written by award-winning investigative journalist Dan Hurley, who's lived himself with Type 1 diabetes for over 30 years.
According to the publishers, the book is a "gripping expose of the quest for a cure for the disease that afflicts hundreds of millions of people around the world." I'd tend to agree. I thought it was the best overview I've ever read of the evolution of diabetes care and research. I know at least one other D-blogger who thought there was too much emphasis on the history of the disease and the theoretical side. To each his own...
BUT, I can tell you this much: Dan Hurley is a no-holds-barred straight-talker, perhaps even a whistle-blower type.
Check out my two-part interview with the guy published in September, in which he very frankly criticizes the American Diabetes Association, and communicates the real state of affairs in the development artificial pancreas technology:
And now on to How You Can Win:
Some of you may know of Matthew Zachary's excellent online community for young people struck by cancer, called I'm Too Young For This. I've had many chats with Matthew, who's got no shortage of great ideas about how to use social media to do good things for the patient community. His web site also pops up under the URL StupidCancer.com — an irresistable title, no?
So, in response to his prompting, I've registered a similar URL for us equally obstinate PWD-types:
What do you all think we should do this web property, Folks? Post an idea in the comment section below, and your name will be entered in a drawing to win one of three free copies of Hurley's new book.
Should StupidDiabetes.com become a blog for snarky stories of daily life with diabetes? Or a wiki where the OC can share favorite tips? Maybe a new place to share "America's funniest home diabetes videos?" Or something more serious — like a clearinghouse for donating to diabetes causes?
Again, all you have to do is make some kind of suggestion, and you could win a free book. I think we can all agree that diabetes is stupid, stupid, stupid... so why not get creative with it?
Winners will be announced on Friday, Jan. 22.