This post was originally written in 2011 in response to a prompt from the National Health Blog Post Month writing challenge.  I’ve been considering the future of my online diabetes activism lately, and I felt this worth sharing again.

Prompt: The future of online activism. Our favorite social media sites are constantly undergoing renovations to become quicker to navigate, easier to interact with, all encompassing, mobile, and everywhere. Imagine the same thing about your community – how will they evolve, improve, and grow?

I may have an interesting blue scar on my forehead, but I’m no wizard or magical being with a crystal ball which will show me what the future holds for online diabetes activism, advocacy, what ever.  Frankly, I don’t need a crystal ball to know this one thing:

As long as there is no cure for all types of diabetes, as long as we are still fighting this awful disease, there will be online diabetes activism. 

We will continue our efforts to raise awareness, to educate the public about the realities of the types of diabetes, to combat the myths and BS that we deal with every day.

We will continue to support each other in our fight to live a long and fulfilling life with the various types of diabetes.  We must keep fighting for a cure, but we must live the best life we can until we get to that goal.

Ultimately, we will continue to be the Diabetes Online CommUNITY!


My second visit with the new endocrinologist was Tuesday afternoon.  The appointment went rather well.  My blood pressure was great.   I’ve lost 5 pounds since my last visit.  The A1c that was done in the office today read 6.8, down from 7.5 at last check.  That was a nice surprise.  Clearly, the changes that were made during my first appointment are making a difference, and I’m doing better than my mind will allow me to believe.

Doc D. made on minor adjustment to my meal time insulin regimen, and really wants me to focus on dietary changes, but other than that, he was happy with the progress that I’ve made.  Hell, I told him that, in my mind, the biggest improvement that I’ve made in the last couple of months is that I’ve finally gotten myself back into my routine for checking my blood sugars and taking all of my medications consistently.  Everything else will fall into place as I go along.

Unfortunately, there was some bad news that came from the appointment.

It seems as though Doc D. will be leaving the practice here and relocating to the state of Washington sometime in November.  I will be referred to another doctor in the office, possibly one of the nurse practitioners.  To say that I’m upset about that news would be an understatement.  This was only my second visit with Doc D, but I liked him and had high hopes that he was going to be a good fit for me.  Now, I’ll never know.  I’ll just have to wait and see how things go with the next doctor when I go back in January.

While I am upset about Doc D. leaving, I must say that I am grateful that our paths crossed, however briefly.  The changes that he made in my treatment regimen have made a big difference in how I’m doing with things and I’m now set on the right track again.  I appreciate his time and care, and I wish him well in his next adventure.

All the best!

Published on 09/01/2015, by in Diabetes, Lessons Learned, Life.

Today is Diabetes Social Media Burnout Blog Day.  And guess what? My mind is extra crispy right now.

I’ve been trying to find the words for a post on how I’m feeling, but they elude me.  My dear friend, Mike Hoskins, suggested using an image instead.  Smart guy, that one.   Why the hell didn’t I think of that?

So, here you go.  This is how I’m feeling today.  Like a candle that has been blown out.  The flame gone, yet embers remain that could be rekindled with some effort.  I just don’t have it in me today.


Others in the DOC have approached this far more eloquently than I have, and I very much appreciate their efforts.  You can find them here.