• Durbin Family Fire Relief Fund – Update

    It’s been 10 days now since the fire at mom’s house, and nine days since I launched this campaign to help her. We have been incredibly overwhelmed by the response so far and I can’t begin to thank everyone enough for their donations. I traveled to Louisville over the weekend and was able to take mom the initial $800 that was available when I left on Saturday. That allowed mom start purchasing some of the basic necessities that she and my step-dad have to replace.  April will be traveling to Louisville this weekend and I’ll be sending another check for mom when she goes. I spent some time at the house with mom while I was there and saw first-hand…

  • Durbin Family Fire Relief Fund

    In the late hours of Monday, December 1st, I received a heartbreaking call from my mother telling me that she had just lost her home to an electrical fire. It started on the first floor and spread up a wall to their second floor bedroom. My mom and step-dad were in bed at the time and barely made it out through the smoke. We are incredibly thankful that they got out alive. Sadly, they weren’t able to save much. What wasn’t directly destroyed by the fire was lost to smoke and water damage. While insurance will help them recover in the long term, their immediate needs are great. I’d like to lighten that burden and hope that you will consider…

  • Not Quite Wordless Wednesday: Blue Fridays

    On Monday night, the Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation launched an online store with a line of t-shirts for the Blue Fridays initiative. I ordered mine that night and got it this afternoon. To order a shirt of your own, visit http://dcaf.spreadshirt.com .

  • A Belated 5th Blogiversary

    So, it’s seems that in the hustle and bustle of the last month, I managed to overlook the fact that my blog turned 5 years old.  And I think it’s worthwhile to stop and briefly note the occasion, even if after the fact. My Diabetic Heart was officially launched on May 11, 2009. That’s five years of sharing my life with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure with the world.  Sharing both my victories and my defeats, showing what it’s really like to live with these conditions.  Sharing the message that it is possible to live well with both.  And that there is no shame in being diagnosed with them. So, here’s to 5 years of blogging about diabetes…

  • Help Ashley & Moyer

    On Christmas Eve, my friend Ashley learned that her beloved dog, Moyer, has stage 3 lymphatic cancer and that he has 4 weeks to live if he doesn’t receive chemo therapy.   Those treatments offer a 90% chance of saving Moyer, but at a cost of $5,500, neither Ashley or her family can afford it.  That’s where we come in. Ashley’s sister has setup a GiveForward campaign to help raise the money to pay for Moyer’s chemo treatments. If you’re able to do so, please help by making a donation.  Every little bit helps.  And if you’re not able to donate financially, that’s fine.  Give a few minutes of your time to help share the campaign via Facebook, Twitter, a blog…