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Like these links.

How long has it been since I’ve posted something about what others are writing throughout the Diabetes Online Community? It’s actually been about six months.

There is certainly a lot going on in our part of the world wide web, and I hope to share some of it here. If you’ve read something particularly noteworthy, and it’s not mentioned here, please leave the link in a comment so the rest of us can enjoy reading it too. Thanks!

Now, for the latest…
 
 
There are a number of blog posts out there from people who attended the Diabetes UnConference or Diabetes Sisters Weekend for Women gatherings. Check these out:

From Kelley at Below Seven
From Mike Hoskins at Diabetes Mine
From Grainne at Blood Sugar Trampoline
See photos from the weekend from Diabetes Sisters

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Back in September, Laddie Lindahl at Test, Guess, and Go wrote about her experience using the Tandem t:slim pump and the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitor. Since our pump choices have been shrinking over the past two years, I think this is something you might want to bookmark if you’re on Dexcom and you’re going to be considering a new pump in the near future.

Find out why Laddie says: It Takes Flexibility

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Sarah at Coffee and Insulin is one of my favorite writers. She understandably looks at things from a millennial point of view, and I view it through the eyes of a late baby boomer. But when I read her blog, I usually learn something, either about diabetes, or about myself. And I’m moved.

Here’s why Sarah sometimes sees managing diabetes like a heavy stone

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Rachel Foster is another Writer I Like. She posted recently at Type2Diabetes.com, talking about useful strategies that help her get through the change of seasons. Some of these are really good, regardless of the type of diabetes in your life.

Seasonal Blues and Type 2 Diabetes: Fighting the Cycle

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Finally… you know how much of a fan I am about athletes who crush their athletic goals while living with diabetes:

Abby Burch over at Photograbetic just finished her first 10K run
 
 
You know, I miss doing these. Our community is still full of amazing writers, determined advocates, and people I want to get to know better. I hope you enjoy getting to know these people too. Happy Tuesday!

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Like these links.

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve done one of these posts. The truth is, I don’t get to read diabetes blogs nearly as much as I used to. I miss that. I miss it a whole helluva lot.

Here are some things I have discovered that I think you might find interesting. Happy reading!
 
 
It’s May, and May means another edition of Diabetes Blog Week! Karen Graffeo, writer at Bittersweet Diabetes, will be kicking off the 8th year of her wildly popular series on May 15th. Here’s how it works: People who blog about diabetes get a subject to write about each day for five days in a row. There are usually a couple of wild card topics thrown in there in case a particular day’s topic doesn’t appeal to you.

There will be a place for you to link to each day’s post that you write. This makes Diabetes Blog Week fun and a place for you to find new blogs to read.

Sign-up for Diabetes Blog Week starts on May 9th. For more information,
CLICK HERE.

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I linked to this in a Facebook post, but I think it deserves mention again. Sanofi, makers of Lantus and Apidra, has received FDA approval of their My Dose Coach app, which is designed to help people who deliver insulin via multiple daily injections (MDI) adjust their basal rates. Let’s face it… there are still millions out there who aren’t pumping due to budget, access, or by choice, and a number of apps have been developed that can help patients figure out how to dose, and keep track of their dosing.

I wrote about this in very limited detail a while back. But I think that, of any outlet reporting on this, maybe diaTribe is doing the most thorough job of describing what these are and how they work. There are millions on MDI, and I’m a little surprised that these apps don’t get more press. To find out about this one,
CLICK HERE.

Bonus Link: diaTribe’s Adam Brown has written a book! Find out about it here.

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Finally… who doesn’t love a good puppy story? Reva over at Type ONEderful wrote a lovely post about how her dog Levi helped her handle a high blood sugar, just by doing what a dog does. Check it out HERE.
 
 
That’s all for now… I hope your week is off to a great start!

Like these links, Friday style.

I’m very excited to share these links with you today. One about funding diabetes advocacy, and two about two of my Favorite People to Follow on Social Media. Here we go:
 
 
To begin with, Dexcom employees have just started up a new charitable organization called Dexcom One Step Ahead Foundation. The One Step Ahead Foundation will be funded by Dexcom employee contributions and fundraising efforts by Dexcom employees, and it aims to support grants of $10,000 to $50,000 to “…advance the missions and purposes of tax-exempt organizations that provide services and programs to people living with diabetes and their caregivers”.

I’m all for funding diabetes advocacy. A new infusion of funds like this can help make a real difference, so a big Friday Thank You Dexcom employees!

There’s a short window for this year’s grants… proposals must be submitted from August 22 through September 28. Grant awards will be announced during Diabetes Awareness Month in November. Sharpen your pencils!

To find out more or to submit your own grant proposal, you’re encouraged to contact Dr. John F. Gallagher at drjohnfgallagher@gmail.com. To read more about this generous initiative by Dexcom employees, CLICK HERE.
 
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Those of you who know me know that I live in Baltimore, but did you know that I am not the most popular or the best health blogger in my area? Not by a longshot. Molly Schreiber lives with Type 1 diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis, and she has a terrific blog called And Then You’re at Jax. She’s very active in both the Diabetes and RA communities online, and her blog reflects that. She’s also very nice, and she’s pretty funny at times too.

This week, Molly was featured on The Mighty website with her description of her newfound dismay over local businesses that do not have very friendly entrances.
Check this out and see what I mean.
 
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I met Mariana Gomez back in April at the Medtronic Diabetes Advocates Forum. Her friendliness, paired with her passionate advocacy on behalf of people living with diabetes in her home country of Mexico and beyond, was quite impressive, and something I won’t soon forget. Everyone over at her own blog and at EsTuDiabetes probably knows what I mean.

Mariana is a real gem. So I want to share this little piece that DiabetesMine shared on Mariana this week (and don’t forget to look for the one on Molly too!).
If you haven’t heard of Mariana yet, this is a good place to learn about her and her life with diabetes and her impact on the Diabetes Community.
 
 
That’s all for now… but I can’t leave without linking to my own blog, reminding you to nominate your favorite Champion Athlete With Diabetes (even if it’s you) so they can put their very own medal around their neck. Why should the Olympic athletes have all the fun?

Like these links.

Even though I’ve really wanted to, I’ve been way too busy lately to write my own stuff. Instead, I’m going to direct you to some really great blog posts from writers I am proud to say are part of my tribe. Check them out…
 
 
Laddie Lindahl at Test Guess and Go has a superb write-up of why she often uses her Dexcom G5 CGM to make dosing decisions, and why, with knowledge and experience, she thinks you can too:
Subtracting the Adjunct from Dexcom G5

Katy Killilea of Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes talks about that sad moment when you have to say goodbye for the last time to your favorite endocrinologist. I thought the people in that photo looked familiar!
Goodbye, Dr. Pepper

Scully, AKA Canadian D-gal, and her husband Ryan are amazing athletes. Recently, they were amazing athletes who set off on a three day camping trip… on their bikes. Read all about it, including how they traveled around with everything on two bikes, as only Scully can tell it:
Bike touring/camping. Not for the faint-hearted.

Finally, Liz over at Get Ready, Get Set… Oh no! I’m Low has one of those stories (actually, two of those stories) about meeting others living with diabetes, just out in our everyday lives. I’m including it here because she tells it well, and because I just thought these two encounters might make you smile:
One of Us
 
 
Well, I have my own stories to tell, but I need to find some time to sit and write them down. Hopefully, that will be soon. What have you been reading about lately?
 

Follow Friday: Dig these super links.

If you know me, you know that I believe in a strong, varied, inclusive Diabetes Online Community. No one of us has a monopoly on all the good ideas or good stories. And while I have benefitted from many in the community who have been strong, varied, and inclusive to me, I want to be the same in return.

My quick post today begins with two examples of people who have been just wonderful to me. It then finishes with two gleaming examples of people who bravely tell their stories and should be recognized for the contributions they also bring to the DOC.

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I’ve actually been asked a couple of times about Kerri Morrone Sparling… what’s she really like, they’ll ask me. The answer is she’s exactly like she seems online, only even nicer. She’s an awesome writer, and I’m grateful she remains an important part of our online community. Today, she’s allowed me to guest post on her blog, Six Until Me. I talk about making a new friend in my doctor’s office who was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. It’s a story similar to ones that I’ve read from others over the years, but this was the first time I had the same experience and tried to help someone not feel so alone in those early days with diabetes. I probably couldn’t have handled it without reading those previous examples. I hope my new friend is doing well. Read the story here.
Kerri, it was an honor and a privelege guest posting.

Daniele Hargenrader is known in our community as the Diabetes Dominator. She is very active, both literally and figuratively. She’s a workout machine, and her personal story is well worth a read. Like Kerri, she’s written a book, and coming soon to the Diabetes By The Numbers podcast, I hope to talk to her about it. Back in February, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Daniele, and it was a wonderful conversation. You can catch it right here.
Thanks Daniele… I’m looking forward to our upcoming podcast interview.

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Okay… now, because it shouldn’t be all about me (though that would make a cool T-shirt), here are two blog posts that are well worth reading:

See Jen Dance is a fun read, because Jen has a number of interests, and she writes about them and her diabetes on her terrific blog. She’s a really good ballroom dancer (and a Champion Athletes With Diabetes medal winner). A few days ago, while dancing socially, her BGs tanked and she was down to 54 mg/dL. She writes here about the nuances of when to stop and treat that low, and how frustrating it all is when it hits you in the middle of a dance. Check it out.

Naomi Kingery Ruperto writes at the blog The Diabetic Diva. She attended her first Diabetes UnConference in Las Vegas just two weeks ago, and her description of it here nearly brought me to tears. She writes: “…in this atmosphere, having so many people that are willing to come and hug you and say ‘I get it’ is incomparable.”. Go and read her super recap now.
 
 
Enjoy your weekend… talk to you next week!
 

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