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Continuing Connections – #DBlogWeek Day 7

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!

Living with a Confusing Pancreas and a Broken Heart at age 36 #Diabetes #LADA #CongestiveHeartFailure. #MakeDiabetesVisible Creator, #ALittleHeartCanDoBigThings Creator, Advocate, Blogger, Nature Photographer.


  • Laddie

    Nice to “see” you this week as part of Diabetes Blog Week, Mike.

    I also highlighted Brian’s blog as part of my post today. I “knew” him at TuDiabetes and even met him at the UnConference, but I didn’t know that he had a blog!

    • Mike

      Thanks, Laddie. Nice seeing you this week, too. I’m hoping to attend the next UnConference. Maybe I’ll be able to meet both of you then.

  • Brian (BSC)

    Thanks so much for your kind words Mike. I feel like we have become fast friends over the last week. I have already signed up for Unconference and do hope very much to have to chance to meet you there.

    • Mike

      You’re quite welcome, Brian. I’m hoping to be able to attend the UnConference next March. I’m still working that out. I look forward to meeting you if I do.