• 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.

  • Guest Post: Therapy By The Book

    Today’s guest post is by my dear friend Cheri Pate.  It’s no secret that life can be… well…a bitch.  Situations at work, at home, with our health, and in daily life in general can overwhelm us at times.  Some of these situations are beyond our control and we just have to deal as best we can.  But how to release the related emotions built up inside?  How can we turn the negative thoughts and energy into something positive?  Today, Cheri shares a way that works for her.  Thanks again, Cheri! When Mike asked me to guest blog for him, I was flattered & excited.  I was also worried.  What would I write about?  It’s not like I’m burning up my…

  • Giving the gym another shot

    Recently I tweeted that I had joined a gym.  And there have been a few tweets since indicating that I was either en route to the gym or had just left.  What that initial tweet should have said, though, was “I just joined a gym, AGAIN!” Since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure in 2008, I’ve had a couple of gym memberships which I took advantage of for a while then, for one reason or another, had to stop going.  Lack of money for the membership fees, major setbacks with my heart, and total burnout all led to dropped memberships. Over the last year, I’ve been able to increase my level of activity significantly and…

  • Happy T1 Day, My Friends

    Today is a special day for so many of my friends in the Diabetes Online Community, as 11-1-12, the first day of Diabetes Awareness Month, has been designated as T1 Day. It is a day devoted to raising awareness for those living with Type 1 Diabetes. It’s about raising awareness to the difficulties type 1’s deal with each and every day, dispelling the myths and misinformation spread through the media and other sources. It a day for supporting those living with Type 1 Diabetes. And that’s what I do. I love and support all of my friends who live this disease. And I support their day, T1 Day. To learn more about T1 Day, visit the JDRF’s website . And…

  • Guest Post: Creating Normal

    Today’s guest post is from the ever amazing Steve Richert of LivingVertical.  Steve is on an incredible 365 day mission to empower people living with Type 1 Diabetes, and raise awareness of this invisible condition through rock climbing every day.  I had the pleasure of meeting Steve this summer, as he was a guest speaker at the Roche Social Media Summit in Indianapolis.  Today, he shares thoughts on the experience so far.  Thanks again, Steve! Almost 300 days ago I began (Project 365) climbing every day consecutively with the goal of raising awareness of Diabetes and empowering people affected by it. I wasn’t a rock climber before I was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1999. I was just a kid…