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It’s Diabetes Podcast Week! Diabetes By The Numbers presents: Karen Graffeo and Diabetes Sisters Voices

Hello, and welcome to my little part of Diabetes Podcast Week.
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This week, eleven diabetes podcasters and video bloggers are taking part in a week-long diabetes information-fest, and centering once again on the Spare A Rose, Save A Child campaign. So listen to this episode, then use the giving link to make your donation and save the life of a child living in a developing country who is also living with diabetes. More information on Spare A Rose, Save A Child is at the beginning of this episode, and there’s an additional link below.

My guest for this episode is one of my best friends in the world, Karen Graffeo. But that’s not why you should listen to our conversation. You should listen because Karen, in addition to leading Diabetes Sisters’ Virtual PODS (Part Of Diabetes Sisters) group, is helping to lead Diabetes Sisters Voices, a collaboration between Diabetes Sisters, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of North Carolina, TrustNetMD, and the Diabetes Sisters stakeholder advisory board of women and diabetes advocates.

If you’re a woman living with diabetes, there is an easy way for you to participate in this groundbreaking research, and Karen is going to tell you all about it. There’s also a link below. I think I also may have inadvertently convinced Karen to reprise Diabetes Blog Week this spring:) I hope so.
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Reference Material – Click below for more information on this topic

Are you a woman living with diabetes? Find out more and participate in Diabetes Sisters Voices research:
DiabetesSistersVoices.org

Help save the life of a child by using the giving link and donating to Spare A Rose, Save A Child:
LifeForAChildUSA.org/SpareARose

Thanks to Stacey Simms for coordinating Diabetes Podcast Week again. Find out about Diabetes Podcast Week and meet each podcaster by going to:
StaceySimms.com

Karen Graffeo writes about her life with diabetes, and hosts Diabetes Blog Week at:
BitterSweetDiabetes.com

Don’t miss it: Diabetes Blog Week, May 16 thru May 20

Among all the wonderful people I’ve met from the Diabetes Online Community, I would have trouble choosing just one who I would consider a best friend. How do you choose just one? I could list hundreds of DOC Best Friends.

But if I did make a list, near the top of that list for me would be Karen Graffeo, writer at Bitter-Sweet Diabetes, and creator of Diabetes Blog Week. This year’s edition of #DBlogWeek happens May 16 through May 20.
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Why am I telling you about Diabetes Blog Week an entire week before it happens? So you can get ready, of course! I know that many of the readers of this blog are also writers of blogs of their own, so if you are writing a blog about diabetes, about your life with diabetes, I encourage you to take part. If you’re thinking of starting your own diabetes blog, telling your story, bringing your light to the world, I can think of no better week to start than next week.

Karen has already posted the topics for each day of the week HERE. Thst’s great for me, because I need a head start this year.

Once we reach the 16th, Karen will post links to a page where you can both link your post for that day, and get other posts to read from that day. You’re probably thinking that this would be a great way to discover new diabetes blogs, and you would be right.

Oh, one other thing: there is now a Diabetes Blog Week Facebook page! Yet another place for you to post to and read posts from.

I really like the topics this year, and I’m really looking forward to the chance to write freely for five straight days. I love to write in this space, and if you are looking for a chance to reach people through the power of your own voice, it would be difficult to find a better platform than Diabetes Blog Week, beginning May 16.
 

Friday Odds and Ends.

Happy Friday… I hope the weather where you are is as nice as it is here. I really should be at the beach, or out on the bay fishing. I don’t fish a lot, but if I did, today would be the day to be out there. Anyway, I thought this might be a good time to wrap up the week with a few short bites (or bytes—your choice):
 
 
I’m starting the process to get my four week trial of the Snap pump from Asante. I’ll let you know how it goes. This will be the fourth pump option I’ve looked at. Favorites? I’m keeping that to myself for now.
 
 
The Live-In Niece will soon be the Moving-Out Niece. Rachel and her boyfriend have found a place, and should be moving within the next few weeks. I’m happy that she has a new place to live, and someone to share it with. I’m also coming to grips with the fact that the house will seem… emptier. Is this how empty nesters feel once all their kids move out?
 
 
Don’t forget to wish Karen Graffeo a great run tomorrow. She’ll be taking on the MADD Dash 5K up in Connecticut bright and early. This is her first 5K in four years, and I couldn’t be happier for her. She’s really gunning for that Champion Athlete With Diabetes medal, and by this time tomorrow, she should be basking in the glow of a race well run. So today, send her a Tweet or a note of encouragement and support.
 
 
The latest visit with my endocrinologist went okay last week. My A1c is in a very good range, and… there’s not much else to report. Except that she suggested I dial back my basals over the weekend since I’m more active then. Which is brilliant, and something I should have thought about long ago.
 
 
I am still working on putting together a D-meetup here in Baltimore. This would be a semi-regular get together, and if I weren’t so busy already, this would probably already be a thing. Plus, I have a real worry about letting my hopes get too far ahead of reality. More to come if when this happens.
 
 
What’s your good news today? I’d love to hear what’s happening in your world.
 
 
 

#DBlogWeek Out-of-Order Day 6: Saturday Snapshots.

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For the 5th year in a row, diabetes writers from all over the world have been participating in a solid week’s worth of informative, educational, and inspirational blog posts. To find out everything you need to know about Diabetes Blog Week, click on the banner above. A big Thank You to Karen Graffeo for making this happen every year!

With everything going on in my time on Maryland’s Eastern Shore Saturday, I didn’t get a chance to post my Saturday Snapshots. But here it is on Monday instead. I’m a little out of order, but I hope you like the photos from Saturday’s Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure anyway.

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Today it’s time to share some pictures for Saturday Snapshots. Back for another year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like! With a nod to the Diabetes 365 Photo Pool, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures. Post as many or as few as you’d like. Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures, or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.

Full disclosure: I had planned to do the 62 mile Metric Century ride on Saturday, but after checking out the cue sheets (the route descriptions) for all the rides, I decided to bike the 31 mile event instead. Why the change? I didn’t really like the 62 mile route, to be honest. And I really liked the 31. Also, Maureen was with me at a ride for the first time in a while, and I thought it would be nice to spend more time with her and less time on my bike. Now, without further ado, my Saturday ride. And thank you to everyone who graciously donated this year!

The support of all the Red Riders (riders with diabetes) was amazing and special.  It never gets old.

The support of all the Red Riders (riders with diabetes) was amazing and special. It never gets old.

At the registration table, before I got my Red Rider jersey.  The woman in yellow behind me came all the way from Seattle for this ride.

At the registration table, before I got my Red Rider jersey. The woman in yellow behind me came all the way from Seattle for this ride. Whoever you are, Thank You.

Putting the front wheel on my bike before the ride.  This is notable only if you want to see what my truck looks like, or you really wanted to see a 52 year old in bike shorts.

Putting the front wheel on my bike before the ride. This is notable only if you want to see what my truck looks like, or you really wanted to see a 52 year old in bike shorts.

At the start.  Finally got that Red Rider jersey on.  There were way more riders than last year.  Yay!

At the start. Finally got that Red Rider jersey on. There were way more riders than last year. Yay!

These next two are great looks at beautiful Maryland farmland.

These next two are great looks at beautiful Maryland farmland along my ride route.

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Riders getting on the Oxford to Bellevue ferry.  This was the location of our rest stop Saturday.

Riders getting on the Oxford to Bellevue ferry. This was the location of our rest stop Saturday. I’ve got a lot of shots on the ferry, so I’ll just let those roll now.

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I've given away a lot of medals in the last six months... it's been a while since I've been given one.

I’ve given away a lot of medals in the last six months… it’s been a while since I’ve been given one.

I've met Leigh Ann DePope via the Wednesday night DSMA Twitter chats.  This was the first time I'd met her in person!  She volunteered all day Saturday.  Thank you!

I’ve met Leigh Ann DePope via the Wednesday night DSMA Twitter chats. This was the first time I’d met her in person! She volunteered all day Saturday. Thank you!

Finally… As I was packing things up, a woman and two little girls came up to me and asked if I was a Red Rider. I said yes, and they explained that they made these, and were giving them away to all the Red Riders. I was instantly touched by their show of support. When I saw what it was, I immediately thought of one person. This is for you Alecia:
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#DBlogWeek Day 7: Favorite Things!

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For the 5th year in a row, diabetes writers from all over the world have been participating in a solid week’s worth of informative, educational, and inspirational blog posts. To find out everything you need to know about Diabetes Blog Week, click on the banner above. A big Thank You to Karen Graffeo for making this happen every year!

With everything going on in my time on Maryland’s Eastern Shore yesterday, I didn’t get a chance to post my Saturday Snapshots. But I’ll get to that tomorrow. I’m a little out of order, but here on Day 7 of Diabetes Blog Week, I need to share this with you.

Today’s topic:
As we wrap up another Diabetes Blog Week, let’s share a few of our favorite things. This can be anything from a #DBlogWeek post you loved, a fantastic new-to-you blog you found, a picture someone included in a post that spoke to you, or comment that made you smile. Anything you liked is worth sharing!

I read so many fantastic blog posts this week, and I wish I could remember all of them. But I can’t. Instead, I’ll give you two things I noticed this week. They are from a blog I’ve really liked from the beginning, and a blog I recently found that I also really like.

Practically everyone knows Allison Nimlos at The Blood Sugar Whisperer. I’ve been reading her latest blog since day one. She’s really great at telling her story, and she’s unafraid to take on difficult subjects. Like when she talked about changing career choices this week during the What Brings Me Down post on Day 3 of Diabetes Blog Week (Once More, With Feeling):

“Diabetes burnout and mental health issues is something that is talked about fairly often in the diabetes community, but things seem to stop short of actually finding answers. The DOC is certainly a wonderful place to come for emotional support, but having worked with a therapist myself, there is really something to be said for working one-on-one with someone who can help dig and explore with you. Of course, finding a therapist who understands and has experience with chronic health problems are in short supply, just like diabetes educators are in short supply. Hopefully I can do at least one, if not both!”
 
 
I recently discovered Erin Michelle’s blog at Life Beyond Glucose. She’s like a lot of the rest of us. Working hard to make it work with diabetes, doesn’t have everything figured out yet, but good at sharing the day to day experiences of her life in a way that I’m sure causes many to say “She’s just like me!”. This week she shared a nice message on Day 4’s Mantras and More post. Straight to the point, and it made a lot of sense:

“So I guess my way of coping is to try all avenues until I finally accept the inevitable. Once I accept, I’m lucky in that I can forget about it and move onto the next challenge. No magic words here. Just the realisation that nothing lasts forever.”

I hope everyone else enjoyed their #DBlogWeek 2014! For me, it continues for one more day tomorrow. Karen, I’m thrilled that you spearhead this effort every year. Thank you.
 
 
 

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