• A Pretty Cool Day

    Post for day 14 of the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge and the prompt is: My Dream Day. This prompt asks us to describe an ideal day, including details of how we’d spend our time, who we’d spend it with, and how we’d make it happen. To me, a pretty cool day would start with April and I being able to spend time together away from home. Then I would add in meeting up with old friends from the DOC and traveling to Chicago together to meet up with new friends from the DOC.  And then we would all spend the day at a Diabetes EXPO, sharing the story of how social media (Twitter) brought us all together in one…

  • Vacation recap

    So, this vacation recap is a week overdue now as I’ve been completely swamped with work, doctor appointments, family stuff, etc… since returning to Fort Wayne. Hey, better late than never, right? Last weekend was my sister’s 23rd birthday, and since I don’t get to see her, or any of my family, very often, I decided to spend a few days in Kentucky.  And she was kept in the dark about the visit until I drove up in front of the house Thursday evening.  Her reaction to that surprise was priceless, and it made the drive down there well worth it. And the first line of business upon arriving was?  Resetting my sister’s wireless network.  Let just say it was…

  • A Summit City D-Meetup

    While en route home from Detroit today, my good friend Mike Hoskins and his pooch Riley “The D Dog” made a stop here in Fort Wayne for a D-Meetup.  Our meetups usually take place when I’m traveling through the Indianapolis area en route to Louisville or back to Fort Wayne, so it was nice to actually meet on my turf for a change. A local Panera Bread was the rendezvous point for the afternoon’s shenanigans.  Stories were told.  Laughs were shared.  And encouragement and support were offered as always.  And a good time was had by all. Of course, no D-Meetup is complete without cupcakes.  I sent Mike home with a box of them to share with his wife, Suzi. …

  • World Diabetes Day Snap Shot

    So, World Diabetes Day turned out to be quite an awesome day.  My celebration activities included wearing blue, taking part in a town hall style meeting at hosted by the good folks at the ADA office in Indianapolis, hanging out with Indy Car driver Charlie Kimball, and participating in the Big Blue Test with several folks who attended the ADA event.   Here are a few pictures. The Panelists The Audience    New Friends Funny Friends Old Friends   In all, it was a day of advocacy, learning, meeting new friends, and catching up with old friends.  And one I thoroughly enjoyed!

  • A Successful First Diabetes Walk

    April & I traveled to Indianapolis on Sunday to participate in the American Diabetes Association’s 20th Annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event.  It was the very first time that I’ve participated in a diabetes walk since my diagnosis nearly three years ago.  And I much say that it was an unqualified success in terms of both surpassing my fund raising goal and my completing the walk itself.  Thanks to the generous support of friends and family, I raised $200 for the event. Which was twice the amount I had set for a goal.  Yay! April & I enjoyed the event and it was great to share my first diabetes walk with Cherise, her husband Scott and daughter Niya,…