• 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…

  • Diabetes Blessings Week on Hiatus

    I mentioned in a tweet the other night that I was considering discontinuing the annual Diabetes Blessings Week blog carnival that I’ve hosted for the last few years.   I mentioned a lack of participation, the abundance of advocacy efforts throughout November and the rest of the year and, most importantly, my struggles with burnout as the reasons. I’ve given a lot of thought to the decision and the feedback I’ve received since posting those tweets.   And rather than discontinuing the event all together, what I’m going to do is take a break from hosting it this year, and devote this Diabetes Awareness Month to focusing on the issues that I’m dealing with personally. While it saddens me, I know that…

  • A New Look for My Diabetic Heart

    Dude, what happened to My Diabetic Heart?  It’s so… different. Yep, you’re right, it is different.  After four years of blogging here at MDH, I decided it was time for a new look. While I love the old design, I reached a point where I felt it just wasn’t working anymore.  The main navigation area at the top is limiting, main post area isn’t quite wide enough, the header area eats up too much real estate on the screen, and the sidebars are a pain in the butt to maintain. And, the design really doesn’t work well across the various web enabled devices on the market. Enter the new design. It addresses all of the issues mentioned above, and provides…

  • Spare a Rose, Save a Child

    Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and we, the Diabetes Online Community, have an opportunity to use this occasion to help the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program. The idea behind “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” is simple. Take the typical “dozen roses,” a gift that’s quite popular on Valentine’s Day, and save just one rose to spare the life of a child.  You buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and share the value of that flower with a child with diabetes in the developing world. Your loved one at home still gets flowers and you both show some love to someone across the world who needs it. The initiative was spearheaded by Kelly Close, Manny Hernandez,…

  • Got Type 2? Take the survey.

    Amy T. over at the Diabetes Mine is working on an article for the ADA journal Diabetes Spectrum on patients with type 2 diabetes and their glucose monitoring experience, and as part of the process, she’s looking for input from real people living with type 2. If you have type 2 diabetes, kindly visit the CALL FOR INPUT: Glucose Monitoring Experiences of Type 2s page over at the Diabetes Mine and take the survey.  It’ll only take a few minutes and it’s for a good cause. And, of course, please pass this along to anyone you know who is living with type 2 diabetes. Thanks!