February may be a shorter month, but that doesn't mean our Diabetes Online Community is short of amazing content! With love in the air as usual this Valentine's month, we wanted to follow that theme by showing our love for fellow D-Bloggers who've bared their hearts and souls once again in a month of outstanding posts.
Here we go with this month's collection of some of the top "must-reads" that caught our eye, in no particular order:
We enjoyed reading this "Insulin Love Story" from T2 blogging friend Kate Cornell over at Sweet Success, about a small change that's made her more relaxed and happy after finally finding a healthcare provider willing to listen to her and prescribe insulin accordingly. We hope more medical professionals take note of this, too.
The annual #SpareARose campaign spread the spirit of caring around the world, straight from the pocketbooks of many in the D-Community who contributed small donations. After the final tally was calculated, we're told by the non-profit organizer Life for a Child that our community raised $34,339 (!) to help roughly 572 young people across the globe access insulin and D-education. Way to go, all!
We also <3 this Beyond Type 1 blog post by "Type Awesome" husband Jorge Aguilar, whose wife lives with T1D. In her honor, he wrote about having "A Pancreas For My Wife."
Speaking of love in the air, we were ecstatic to see that our good friend D-Dad Tom Karlya, marked his daughter's wedding this past month! It brought tears to our own eyes, reading Tom's post about this magical time, titled "What Surpasses Tears of Joy?..." Congrats to Kaitlyn and the entire family on the start of this new chapter!
Unfortunately, there were also some broken hearts and sad tears in February with the passing of an incredible friend and D-advocate Judy Reich, who lived with T1D for about five decades. Many in the DOC felt the loss very deeply, and we saw tributes from Mike Durbin, Kelly Kunik and Stephen Shaul who've known Judy through the years. We will certainly miss our D-Sister, and she'll never be forgotten.
Happy diaversary wishes go out to our blogging friend and advocate Stephen Shaul at Happy Medium who marked 20 years with T1D this month -- along with very new DOC'er Ryan who marked his two-year diabetes anniversary recently and just started his blog, Diabetes and More in my Life, this very month!
Across the globe, many tuned in for the Winter Olympic Games over in South Korea this past month. It was cool to read the International Diabetes Federation's blog about fellow type 1 William Palamara of Italy, who was chosen as an Olympic torchbearer to start off this round of Olympic competitions.
Earlier in February, more than a dozen from our D-Community in New York met up for an #insulin4all discussion. We're pleased to see these conversations happening in person, and appreciate this recap over at T1international by D-peep Emily Pisacreta.
An Ode To Diet Coke... that's about as good as it gets for many, right there. Yep, when those of us with diabetes are so often told what we can and can't eat/drink/do, it's refreshing (ha!) to read something like this about changing views on what we consume. Even those who are fans of Pepsior other beverages will likely want to raise a glass to this fun diabetes post by Molly at her Hugging the Cactus blog.
Australian D-peep Frank Sita at Type 1 Writes has been watching the #WeAreNotWaiting movement, with its wave of do-it-yourself closed loop technology. But he's not so sure on moving forward with that for himself at the moment for various reasons; he shared his POV on that in his Why I Am Waiting blog post. Cheers to personal choice, Frank, we feel you!
OMG, this 5-minute musical number is hilarious and totally worth checking out -- A Scientific Sea Shanty: Banting's Imparted Years. What a fun, yet educational, video tribute to insulin co-discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting... Thanks to Kelly Kunik at Diabetesaliciousness for writing about it and sharing it broadly across the DOC!
Our friend Kerri Sparling at SixUntilMe has some fun with the children's book series, "That's Not My..." that occupies her bookshelves at home. We had to LOL at her creative That's Not My Pancreas artwork there, for sure.
No matter how hard we try to live our lives uninterrupted, we just can't escape the reality that diabetes screams for our attention at times. Longtime type 1 Laddie Lindahl at Test Guess & Go shares a tale about that recently, when she went to visit her sister who also happens to be living with T1D.
Finally, our D-Community is a place with so many voices and POVs. While some focus on advocacy and others on peer support, it's important to recognize everyone and listen to their perspectives. T1 PWD Hannah Crabtree, a vocal #insulin4all advocate, delved into the evolution of the DOC in her recent Community Affairs post on a newly-created Github site. "The Diabetes Online Community is also more political in recent times than in the past. The stakes have never been higher," she writes. "Thinking beyond just diabetes, we need subcultures engaged in advocacy, activism and challenging the status quo."
We share our favorites every month, and would love to include yours. Please send along your D-post picks for the month of March to us via email. We look forward to hearing from y'all.