• 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…

  • Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

    Wishing a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone in the Diabetes Online Community! May we all take time today to remember what this day is all about; Giving thanks for all of the blessings that come to us. Today, as with each day, I am thankful to be alive, I am thankful for my family and friends, and I am thankful for the good memories of those who are no longer here to share in this day. I’m thankful to have been able to spend more time with my family in Louisville this year.  My schedule and the distance make it difficult to get down there at times.  And, if I’m being honest, issues with my health over the last…

  • I’m Worn

    This song, “Worn” by Tenth Avenue North, says so many of the things that I’ve felt over the last several months.

  • 30 things about my Invisible Illnesses – Revisited

    So, today is World Diabetes Day, and in honor of that fact I thought I’d take the time to revisit the 30 things about my invisible illness meme that I’ve shared in the past.  It’s been a couple of years since I last updated that and there have been some changes in my routine and way of thinking.  So, it’s time for an update.  Here we go! The illnesses I live with are: Type 2 Diabetes & Congestive Heart Failure I was diagnosed with them in the year: 2008 But I had symptoms since:   Longer than I really care to admit.  Looking back, I probably had the symptoms of type 2 diabetes for at least a few years before…