On Monday, I talked a little about the first nine months of the year, and how it has gone for me, and what I hope to accomplish before the new year arrives once again (not counting the Jewish New Year, which just recently began— L’Shanah Tovah to you).
Today I’d just like to give my thoughts on the rest of the Diabetes Community, and my hopes for all of you during October, November, and December:
– I wish for safe deliveries for the expecting D-blogger moms out there who have worked amazingly hard to get where they are, and are bravely telling their stories… I think there are four who are all expecting very soon: Jen, Elizabeth, Jessi, and Kelley.
– I wish for clear answers for people who are searching for them, whether they’re worried about something physical, mental, diabetes- or non-diabetes related, monetary, or spiritual.
– I wish for continued success in clinical trials while teams fine-tune their artificial/bionic pancreas systems, bringing us closer to the hips (and tummies, and backs, and, you get it) of those who so desperately need it. Like, now.
– Speaking of continued success, I wish for the continued success of efforts like CGM In The Cloud, bringing remote CGM monitoring to the masses for the first time. Thousands of new users, in just a few months.
– For D-students, I wish an awesome school year filled with learning, music, art, and sports. Plus, a friend to share them all with, who will support and encourage them no matter what.
– I wish for people who are unhappy with the Diabetes Online Community to shake off their disappointment and recognize that every Person With Diabetes, and those deeply involved with People With Diabetes, popular or not, are just as deserving as they are. There are no degrees of deserving, and if I don’t get invited to something, it doesn’t mean that the people who are there are to blame. I understand your disappointment… I do. I also recognize that your voice matters. Don’t stop shouting. If you’re still an active member of the DOC, don’t stop shouting. Just not at each other, m’kay? We’ve got plenty of other dragons to slay.
– Most of all, I wish for your happiness through the rest of the year. I wish for lots of special experiences filled with pumpkins, turkey, Christmas trees and dreidels, all filled with laughter and joy and not a hint of diabetes creep.
Most of all, please remember that I support you… no conditions.
What are your wishes for the rest of the year?