• 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…

  • Thank You – D Blessings Week Day 7

    On this 7th and final day of Diabetes Blessings Week, I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated this year.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the posts that I’ve read so far.  It may take me a day or so, but I will get through the rest of them. 🙂 This week has been yet another reminder that I am not alone in my fight with Type 2 Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. Thanks to the blessing that is the Diabetes Online Community, none of us are ever alone in this fight.  And that’s something for which we can all be thankful. Many thanks for another great Diabetes Blessings Week.  Lots of love, my friends!

  • Awesome People – D Blessings Week Day 2

    It’s day 2 of Diabetes Blessings Week, and today’s post is devoted to the some of the awesome people I have been blessed to be able to meet in person this year.   Since I’m a subscriber of the notion that a picture is worth a thousand words, I’m going to let the ones below do the talking for me. Simon! Babs! Kim! Sir Bob! Steve Richert! Marie! Stacey! Wendy, Mr. Mike Lawson, and Jaimie! Courtney! Nicole Johnson! Dr. Steve Edelman Josh Bleill I am quite thankful to have had the opportunity to meet all of these individuals, and even more thankful to be able to consider many of them my friends.

  • The Importance of Listening – D Blessings Week Day 1

    Today is the first day of Diabetes Blessings Week – a week in which we count the blessings that have come to our lives because of diabetes. One of the many things of which living with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure has reminded me is the importance of listening.  I’m not talking about listening when talking to people, which is incredibly important, but rather listening to my body.  And understanding what it’s trying to tell me.  And doing something about it. Like listening to my body when it’s begging for water.  Could be a sign that my blood glucose is too high. Or listening to my body when my head is hurting, I’m unable to concentrate, and irritable. …