• JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

    This year, I will be participating in my first JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, and I will be doing so in Louisville, KY, on October 22, along side my good friend Meredith, who has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for the last 11 years.  I walk in support of Meredith and numerous other friends who live with this disease. Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.  And as Meredith and hundreds of our friends in the Diabetes Online Community can attest, it is not an easy disease with which to live. Finger sticks and multiple daily injections of insulin are only part of the hardships…

  • Help me reach my Step Out goal

    On October 2, I will be taking part in the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event in Indianapolis.  This will be the very first time I’ve been able to participate in a diabetes walk since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and Congestive Heart failure in late December 2008. I am extremely excited and proud to be doing so. I’m hoping to meet and exceed the $100 fund raising goal that I’ve set and that’s where you come in. By making a donation on my behalf, you will be helping the ADA provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure. No matter how small or large,…

  • A DOC Logo – Diabetes Art Day

    So today is the second annual Diabetes Art Day, and I’m so excited to be contributing again this year.  I decided to stick with the community theme that I started with the last year’s Diabetes Family Tree, and having been inspired by a question during DSMA last night, I present you with what I believe a Diabetes Online Community Logo should look like. In addition to this being my submission for Diabetes Art Day, I have set up a section on my CafePress shop with merchandise bearing the logo.  And all of the proceeds from selling the merchandise will be donated to help Dustin Iris and his family.  So, not only will you be able to wear your DOC pride…

  • Help The Iris Family

    As you might have heard, our friend Dustin Iris (@deejaybetes) and his parents have lost their home as a result of Hurricane Irene.  And they need our help! Dustin’s friend has started the effort to help them by setting up the “Help The Iris Family” relief fund.  If you are in any position to help Dustin and his family, please consider doing so. Pulling together to help friends in need is a hallmark of the Diabetes Online Community, and I sincerely hope that we can all work together to provide Dustin & his family with the love and support that is needed to get through this very difficult time. Help The Iris Family Thank You!

  • September 1st is Diabetes Art Day

    The 2nd annual Diabetes Art Day will take place just over a week from now on Thursday, September 1, 2011. For those who don’t know, Diabetes Art Day was created last year by my friend, fellow DOC member and art therapist, Lee Ann Thill. She blogs over at The Butter Compartment. The inaugural Diabetes Art Day was an unqualified success, and I’m proud to say that I’ll be participating again this year. And I hope that the rest of the Diabetes Online Community will join the fun again as well. And that’s what Diabetes Art Day is all about; having fun with our DOC family and friends while offering a glimpse into life with Diabetes by way of artistic expression.…