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Like these links.

Welcome to a Friday rundown of some things I’ve read recently from our glorious Diabetes Online Community. I encourage you to check these out, and how about leaving a comment or two for the writers? Sound good? Here we go:
 
 
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about how our diabetes can be different from person to person, and how we have many ways of managing our condition. In the end though, we take what we learn and personalize it to come up with the best life with diabetes we can. The post was titled You do You.

Well, guess what? Renza wrote about the same thing, and also covered the fact that just because I don’t manage my diabetes like you do, I’m not wrong. Neither are you. I had to add a reference to it here, because it’s better than mine and because I like strong language when the situation calls for it. Renza’s post is titled:
You do You
 
 
Are you a dude? Are you interested in knowing more about dudes with diabetes? It is Men’s Health Month, after all, and Wil Dubois at Diabetes Mine has a great rundown on how diabetes affects everything about being a man:
Talking Sense to Men with Diabetes (During Men’s Health Month and Beyond)
 
 
I’m not a parent, so I’m not a parent of a child living with diabetes. But if you are, or if you were ever parented as a child with diabetes, you’ll want to read this from Meri, because it’s true and it will make you feel good:
A step by step guide to perfection
 
 
Finally, Laddie at Test, Guess and Go wrote something that pretty much sums up my life with a CGM these days. I’m glad I’m not the only one:
Living on Planet Dexcom
 
 
Enjoy your weekends kids… I’m off to D.C. for a diabetes meetup Saturday, then to a play on Sunday. Talk to you next week!

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Like these links: More of the DOC’s greatness.

It seems to me that I haven’t shared much of the Diabetes Online Community’s greatness with you lately. So let me try and rectify that. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:
 
 
“That is where the silence comes in. When things are good, we have nothing to talk about. When things are bad, we are ashamed to talk about it. Why? Because the world is full of assholes.”
That’s from Brian at (Buzz, Buzz) Not my Cell. He’s talking about perspective, how the world could use a little more of it, and how sometimes, he recognizes his life is easier than others who have to contend with diabetes every day. I see a lot of truth in this:
Easier Said Than Done
 
 
Kate Cornell has an update on her experience as an insulin user. If you’re living with Type 2 Diabetes and thinking about talking to your doctor about insulin as part of your diabetes management, you just might want to hear what Kate has to say:
Insulin: An Update
 
 
Diabetes Dominator Daniele Hargenrader has a super diabetes life hack to share with you, and it’s a good one, especially if you use an Omnipod:
Diabetes Adulting Hack
 
 
This Diabetes Mine post about alcohol and diabetes is worth a look. It’s a good starting point if you’re looking for more information on mixing alcohol and insulin. And there are helpful links to additional resources included:
Yes, You Can: Safely Drink Alcohol with Diabetes
 
 
And Laddie Lindahl is about one year in on her experience with Medicare. Here, she talks about how it’s going. I’m taking notes from her Medicare posts so I have a roadmap for my own Medicare experience in about ten years:
One Year on Medicare: Advocacy Versus Acceptance
 
 
Renza used her 20th anniversary of living with diabetes to come up with a list of things she wishes she’d known when she was diagnosed. I don’t know if I could come up with twenty, let alone twenty seven:
Twenty things I wish I knew about diabetes
 
 
Finally, a reminder from Kelly Kunik via an experience at a local coffee shop. We could use a little more of this too:
Kindness Counts
 
 
One more thing… you may have noticed that my blogroll to the left has been updated. I took out the ones that are gone or where nothing has been posted in the past year. I also added a couple of new Blogs Worth Your Attention. If you have any others you’d like me to add, let me know. Thanks!

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!

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?

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