Diabetes,  Diabetes Blog Week,  Shout outs

Worth a Read

Today is the first day of Diabetes Blog Week and the first prompt is all about sharing blogs that we think others may not know about and introducing them to the community.

The majority of the blogs that I read on a regular basis are well established and have been known to the community for quite some time.  There are some blogs, however, that have been around for a while that don’t get the attention that I believe they deserve.  Two of them come to mind immediately.

Joy Benchmarks is the blog of friend and fellow DOC member, Marie Smith.  Marie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in July 2011, and has lived with myasthenia gravis and thymoma cancer since 1998.  Despite all of the challenges she’s faced, Marie has maintained a great attitude about all of it and has an awesome sense of humor.  I had the pleasure of meeting Marie at the Chicago Diabetes EXPO last month.  It was great experiencing her positive energy and sense of humor in person.  So, take the time to visit her blog and get to know her story.  You’ll be glad you did.

Tales of SWAGing is the blog of my dear friend, Ashley.  Ashley’s blog started as an annoying assignment for an annoying college writing course, and it probably wouldn’t be around today had it not been for the inspiration Ashley found during Diabetes Blog Week.  It’s been a joy to watch the development of Tales of SWAGing over the last 2 years, and it has definitely helped being able to read the experiences of a friend who also takes lizard spit (byetta). Thanks for sticking with it, Ash!

In short, if you’re not already reading these blogs, you should be.

Diabetes Blog Week: Day 1 Prompt: It seems the most popular thing about Diabetes Blog Week is that it helps us find blogs we weren’t reading yet and connect with some new blog friends. With that in mind, let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by making some new connections. Think about the d-blogs you read that you think we may not know about and introduce us to one that you love!! Let’s all find a new friend today! (Special thanks to Gina, everybody’s Diabetes BFF, for helping me title this post!)

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  • Mike Hoskins

    Thanks for the links to two such awesome people, Mike! Loved hearing all the cool diverse stories of how we got into the DOC, and seeing the wonderful personalities up close and personal whenever that chance arises! Great post, my friend.

  • Ashley

    When I decided to keep blogging, I never thought I’d end up being able to help my favorite Jedi Master get on the lizard spit wagon but I’m so glad I was able to help. Love ya buddy.