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Mike Hoskins and Amy Tenderich at DiabetesMine

Happy Holidays from our team here at DiabetesMine!

However you may celebrate this holiday season, we hope that those in the Diabetes Community are getting a kind of gift in the form of steady blood sugars. For our team here, both founder and editor Amy Tenderich and managing editor Mike Hoskins have different annual traditions they typically embrace this time of year.

‘Mine Founder & Publisher Amy Tenderich usually doesn’t find herself wearing an “Ugly Pancreas Sweater” for Hanukkah (from Dia-Be-Tees on Etsy), but she and family usuallly mark the holiday with their own traditions on the home front in California. (See also, How to Have a Healthy, Low-Carb Hanukkah, and Festival of Lights in a Box).

‘Mine Managing Editor Mike Hoskins notes that although his Christmas tree in Michigan isn’t fully decked out in diabetes gear as it was once upon a time years ago, he does manage to create a couple homemade ornaments from used insulin pen caps, an Afrezza inhaler and cartridge, and a recycled supplies from his continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Those are all tied up nicely with a strand of extra pump tubing, too.

While COVID-19 has impacted the holiday season for both of us in 2020 and 2021, we’re optimistic that vaccines and pandemic safety measures can help keep the festivities as close to normal as possible — and not confined to virtual Zoom or Facebook Live gatherings, as has been all too common during these COVID-19 times of late.

While Amy and Mike haven’t had a chance to see each other in person since late 2019 due to the pandemic, we’re hoping that changes in 2022 as more events and conferences return to in-person formats and we can again say hello!

With that, we leave you with a couple fun treats created by creative friends in our Diabetes Online Community…

First, thanks to the ever-creative Brad Slaight, who’s a longtime T1D in California as well as professional actor and comedian who has shared his cartooning talent for many years in the DOC at Diabetes Hero Squad. He originally made this particular cartoon for our “Sunday Funnies” series here at the ‘Mine.

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Braid Slaight at Diabetes Hero Squad

We also got a huge LOL from this meme, made by D-peep Kayla O’Connell in Canada who runs the T1D Memes.group online.

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Kayla O’Connell at @type1diabetesmemes

With that, we hope you all have a great holiday season and start of a New Year!

Be sure to visit DiabetesMine on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more holiday D-fun.