It’s amazing to realize that we’re already through a full quarter of 2021 — how the year flies! This month we’re once again happy to highlight some outstanding posts from around the Diabetes Online Community (DOC).
With the sports world returning amid the ongoing pandemic, March Madness was back. In keeping with that theme, DiabetesMine is recognizing our picks for the “DOC brackets” for the month…
Rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines continues across the country and world, and many in the Diabetes Community are wondering what the possible side effects might be. The Beta Cell Foundation is collecting feedback on this from hundreds of people with diabetes (PWDs) who are getting vaccinated and reporting their experiences. This Google spreadsheet and database are updated weekly, so you might want to follow this resource.
Women should be honored and respected all year long, of course, but March marked Women’s History Month and also International Women’s Day on March 8. So there were many nods to women who have made a mark on diabetes history, naturally. There are too many to mention individually, but we can’t help but think of our friends at DiabetesSisters and Women of Color with Diabetes in particular.
Speaking of women with diabetes and the issues they face, diabetes data startup Tidepool has taken the initiative to better understand one experience that can make diabetes much more difficult: menstruation. Check out this post by Abby Bayer-Pratt that delves more into this ongoing project. Importantly, the nonprofit org is striving for inclusivity and gender recognition by acknowledging that not all women menstruate and not all who menstruate are women.
Spring has sprung and we all got to “spring forward” with a time change. For our D-Community, that means changing the time settings on our diabetes apps. Like clockwork (ha!) we also saw this oldie but goodie of a funny floating around the DOC, created for DiabetesMine years back by the talented Mike Durbin of My Diabetic Heart.
“The Soul of Diabetes” is a new podcast hosted by our friend and diabetes advocate Chelcie Rice. He created this program to talk all things diabetes for communities of color and other marginalized PWDs. It’s available on Spotify and is definitely worth a listen!
Children with Diabetes (CWD) has been hosting some great online video chats throughout the pandemic. This blog post in particular by Marissa Town (who happens to be the whole reason CWD exists in the first place!) speaks to the heart of the matter: why we need friends with diabetes. C’mon, take a read… you know you want to!
Labels have so much impact, and those living with chronic conditions seem especially prone to being labeled by others. Often, labels are not good, but sometimes they can be. Here’s what Renza Scibilia in Australia thinks about that when it comes to the term “advocate.”
Did you see that kid with type 1 diabetes (T1D) on the “Today Show”? Yep, it was a spotlight on small businesses run by kid entrepreneurs, and Hannah Walsh from New England was highlighted. She started a bath bomb business in 2017 when she was just 9 years old, inspired by her life with diabetes. She’s named her brand BeYOUtiful because “she believes that being beautiful means being yourself, no matter what challenges you endure. Now, at just 13 years old, Hannah is proving that she can do all that she sets her mind to do, and nothing, not even T1D, can stop her.” Here’s that “Today Show” story.
ICYMI, the Beyond Type 1 and American Diabetes Association Collaboration is now a thing. Yes, these two powerhouse nonprofit diabetes orgs have teamed up to use their respective skills in digital engagement and medical research to reach and hopefully help more PWDs across the globe. Many will be watching to see what materializes, no doubt.
Life with diabetes can be frustrating at times, for sure. We LOL’d when seeing this tweet from T1D peep George (@CountCarbula) over in England, who summed up his feelings on this condition perfectly: “I’m about ready to hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete, uninstall, unsubscribe from AND block my Type 1 Diabetes.” YES! We hear you, George. So much so.