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Published on 05/17/2015, by in Diabetes, Diabetes Blog Week.

Diabetes Blog Week, Day 7 – Topic: Continuing Connections.  The very first inspiration for Diabetes Blog Week was to help connect our blogging community, and that continues to be the most important reason it’s held every year.  So let’s help foster and continue those connections as we wrap up another Dblog Week.  Share a link to a new blog you’ve found or a new friend you’ve made.  Or pick a random blog off of the Participant’s List, check it out and share it with us.  Let’s take some time today to make new friends.


Well, here we are.  It’s the last day of the Sixth Annual Diabetes Blog Week, and the topic of the day is about sharing connections that have been made during the week.  Talking about new blogs discovered and friendships formed.

I’ve read so many great blogs this week, a number of which haven’t been around very long and haven’t participated in Diabetes Blog Week before.   And one such blog caught my attention early on.

The blog is The Trials of Type 2 Diabetes, and it’s written by fellow type 2 Brian Cohen.  Some in the Diabetes Online Community may know him better as Brian_BSC and as an active member and admin over at TuDiabetes.  While I had seen Brian’s name and writings during my occasional visits to TuDiabetes, I didn’t know much about him or his story, nor had I interacted with him.

I’m thankful to say that has changed this week, as I’ve had a chance to get to know Brian a little better through his new blog.  I admire his “take the bull by the horns” approach to getting stuff done when it comes to what’s best for his diabetes care.  I’m very much the same way.

I’m also quite impressed with Brian’s writing as well. This blog post, Changing the Misunderstanding of Type 2 Diabetes, is one of the best pieces that I’ve ever read on type 2 diabetes and the stigmas that surround it.  If you haven’t read it yet, take the time to do so, and then share it with everyone you know.

I look forward to reading more of Brian’s blog and getting to know him better as time goes on.  I wouldn’t mind meeting him in person at some point either.  He’s good people.  And someone I now consider a friend.


My hat’s off to all of you

As I wrap up my final post for Diabetes Blog Week 2015, I’d like to salute everyone who participated this year.

Simply put, I admire each and everyone of you. Every person and every blog, no matter the type, background, etc… is part of my life with diabetes, and my life is much richer as a result.

If I were to express admiration for any one set of things that every blogger has in common it would be for the strength and courage each person displays in opening their hearts and sharing his or her experiences in living with diabetes. It takes great strength and courage to open up and share things that may be perceived as a weakness in this world that is all too often uncaring and cruel.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank you all for inspiring me to do the same. If it weren’t for the inspiration I gained from reading the experiences of fellow PWD’s, My Diabetic Heart wouldn’t exist.

And finally, many thanks to Karen for hosting DBW again this year and to everyone who helped her organize it. It’s been great.

Lots of Love, my friends!

 
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Diabetes Blog Week, Day 6 – Topic: Favorites and Motivations.  If you have been blogging for a while, what is your favorite sentence or blog post that you have ever written?  Is it diabetes related or just life related?  If you are a new blogger and don’t have a favorite yet, tell us what motivated you to start sharing your story by writing a blog?  


You know, picking a favorite blog post from among the 445 that I’ve written over the last 6 years is no small task.  That’s a lot of material to review and think about.  As I’ve looked back through the archives, more than a dozen stand out as worthy of being considered favorites.  And wouldn’t you know it, most of those posts were written during previous Diabetes Blog Weeks.  But how can I choose just one?  Well, I can’t.

I have, however, narrowed the list down to three favorites.  One motivational, One sentimental call to action, and One hilarious letter.  I’ve included all three below.  So grab some popcorn and a diet coke, then sit back, relax, and enjoy!


For Our Families and OurselvesDiabetes Blog Week 2013, Petitions.

There’s More to Life
When living with chronic health issues that require constant attention, it is easy to become so consumed by those thoughts that we lose sight of the fact that there’s more to life that just those health issues. Sure, they are always with us, but they should not be the center of attention all the time.

I much prefer to devote my time and attention to the people and things in my life that are the most important to me. Like April and the time we get to spend together.

For the past few years, April has talked about the idea spending a day at a local park, just lying under a tree and enjoying being out in the beautiful weather. Maybe take the camera along and take pictures of the blossoms on some of the trees. For one reason or another, though, that never happened. Well, not until last Sunday afternoon, anyway.

The idea came up in conversation that morning and since the weather was beautiful that day, we decided to jump at the opportunity to go. So, we grabbed a blanket, our cameras, and a sandwich to share from Subway, and went to the park for an impromptu picnic. As you can see, we found a nice place on a hill beneath a couple of trees to pitch our blanket.

Oh sure, I checked my blood sugar and took my dinner time injection of Byetta before I started eating, but as soon as that was out of the way, my diabetes was pushed to the back burner and my attention returned to what was really important at the moment, April and our time together.

We had our meal and spent a while just laying on the blanket, taking in the view of our surroundings. And before we left the park, we took pictures of the blossoms on the trees and managed to snap some shots of each other in the process. It was a lot of fun.

It’s so important to remember that our loved ones also endure a lot of grief because of the health issues with which we are diagnosed. I’m quite thankful that I’ve had April by my side through my battle with congestive heart failure. I know that it has been every bit as scary for her as it has me. And, like all spouses of PWDs, April has dealt with the crap that goes along with that role, too. The highs, the lows, and the god awful mood swings, too.

So, anytime there’s an opportunity to do something fun that allows us to think beyond those other things, we jump on it. And we do our best to enjoy every minute we have during those times.

April finally got the day in the park that she’s wanted for so long and I got a souvenir of that day. My new favorite photo of her.

The Pledge

We, the undersigned, acknowledge and understand that we, as PWD’s, are not the only people affected by the disease with which we have been diagnosed. That our loved ones endure the struggles of this diagnosis along side us. We pledge to remember this, to show appreciation for their support, and to support them in return.

We, the undersigned acknowledge and understand that there is much more to life than diabetes and that it is important to take every opportunity to enjoy life in the moment. We pledge to stop and smell the roses and make memories, like the one above, as often as possible.

We, the undersigned, pledge to always remember the importance of making time for our families, and for ourselves.

Signed,

Mike Durbin. (And hopefully everyone who reads this. :-) )


Mantras, Reminders, and Walks in the WoodsDiabetes Blog Week 2014, Mantras and more.

On my worst days with diabetes and congestive heart failure, when everything seems to be going wrong and I’m ready to give up, I try to remember how far I’ve come since I started on this journey. I try to remember the struggles I’ve overcome this far and the strength and determination it took to do so. I try to use that as assurance that I can get through the difficulties before me. I say try because some days it works, and other days it makes no difference at all.

Some days, looking back through my blog archives for inspirational quotes that I’ve shared helps. This quote from a post in 2012 has become something of a mantra or motto. It’s certainly fitting.

“A little heart can do big things.” – me

Some times, though, I really just have to take the time to remember who I am. I have to look inside myself and reconnect with the person that I know I am.

I am a strong, confident, caring, loving, and passionate man. I have a sound mind, and a strong spirit. I am well educated; possessing the knowledge and abilities needed to make it in this world. I am strong willed; filled with a sense of determination and endurance that will carry me through all situations. I am filled with respect, not only for others, but more importantly, for myself.

I’ve had more than my share of those days recently. And I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to reconnect and thinking things through. I’m making progress. Slowly but surely.

Over the last few months, I’ve found that the absolute best thing for helping my mood and clearing my mind is spending time hiking the trails at the many nature preserves in the area. And now that the weather is nicer, that’s how most of my days off from work are being spent. I take my nature and trail guides, camera, notebook, walking stick and water, and hit the trails. I stay out for hours at a time. And it helps a lot.

And taking my camera along on my walks in the woods has provided plenty of material for a new photo blog that I’ve been working on lately. Check out SparrowTreePhotography.com when you have a minute. I’d love feedback on my work there.

One last quote. It’s one of my favorites.

“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming … WOW! What a ride!” ~ Author Unknown


An Angry Letter to D PigDiabetes Blog Week 2011, Letters.

Recently, last night in fact, I returned home from work to discover that a secret meetup of epic proportions was taking place under my own roof. Little G, that stealthy diabetes ninja warrior, and his high flying superhero friends, the Angry BirDies, had gathered to plot the demise of their evil green nemesis, D Pig!

At the conclusion of the secret conclave, the fuzzy little bad asses issued a warning letter for their enemy. They granted permission for the letter to be published in its entirety.

 
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Published on 05/15/2015, by in Diabetes, Diabetes Blog Week.

Diabetes Blog Week, Day 5 – Topic: Foods on Friday.   Taking a cue from Adam Brown’s recent post, write a post documenting what you eat in a day!  Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever.  Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way.  


Folks, I sat down with the intention of writing a serious post about an ideal day, but I just can’t get it out.  And since my computer shutdown and performed updates in the middle of my writing, my thoughts are even more scrambled, and I’m less inclined to try anymore.  So, I’m adding this one to the f**k it list and calling it a day.

But I can’t leave you without something to think about.  That’d be wrong.  So, I give you a picture of a bacon cupcake known as The Sweet Oinker.

The Sweet Oinker

The Sweet Oinker

 

The Sweet Oinker is a delightful confection, made up of a pecan cupcake that is topped with a maple buttercream frosting and, of course, bacon.

It is an intriguing combination of two of my favorite foods, bacon and cupcakes.  It’s not for everyone, but I like it.  It makes me happy.  And that’s what matters.

Lots of love!