November is coming to a close, and it's time take a step back and appreciate all that's been shared during this year's National Diabetes Awareness Month.
We have a lot to be thankful for, with so many pancreatically-challenged peeps writing from the heart.
As always, it's tough to choose just a handful to highlight in our monthly DOC (Diabetes Online Community) Blog Roundup, but we've worked hard to compile the best rundown we can of some of the great stuff we saw in November (in no particular order).
Let us know what you think about these posts, and if there's anything else you find highlight-worthy.
All kinds of awareness initiatives and campaigns exist in November, but one that especially caught our eye came from our friend Mike Durbin, who chronicled one aspect of diabetes each day of the month on social media using the hashtag #MakeDiabetesVisible, and challenged others in the DOC to do the same.
D-Dad Tom Karlya offered his POV on D-Month, noting the history and how he thinks this year was time for something new when it comes to how our community tackles all things November and diabetes.
T1 blogging friend Kelly Kunik at Diabetesaliciousness brought it all home, thanking the brilliant minds responsible for discovering the insulin that keeps us alive and then offering a big Thank You to every single person in the D-Community who navigates life with diabetes -- no matter what time of year.
Of course, it's always good to remember that as much as fingerpokes and insurance calls and carb-counting tasks can dominate our lives, We Are More Than Diabetes... Thanks to D-Mom Meri Schumacher-Jackson at Our Diabetic Life for the reminder. (And a special congrats her way for the news that her oldest kiddo is recently engaged!)
The FDA held an important meeting earlier in the month focusing on diabetes and how it's addressed for minority populations, and we're grateful that T1 blogging friend Stephen Shaul attended that Town Hall and wrote a recap on his blog, Happy Medium. This is an important topic and it's good to know it's on the mind of the regulatory agency and being addressed.
This An Epithet By Any Other Name post by D-peep Brenda Bell over at The Contrary Point of View blog is a fascinating read, about the words we use and the messages we send. Definitely a thought-provoking perspective worth checking out.
Oh, diabetes... sometimes we joke about it being "all unicorns and butterflies," but as Canadian T1 friend Kayla Brown shares on her blog, sometimes it does actually suck. No two ways about it. Here's to sending better vibes to Kayla that everything balances out for the better.
Early in the morning to late at night and everything inbetween, we have the adventure of living with diabetes. Don't miss our blogging friend Frank Sita in Australia sharing a snippet of his D-life in the morning hours before 11 a.m.
And then, when it comes to dinner time, sometimes we just can't wait thanks to diabetes... As Kerri Sparling at SixUntilMe shares, we have to toss an "appetizer" into the mix.
Last but not least as we head into December, it's once again time for the fun annual Personal Santa Letter effort led by D-Dad Tom Karlya and the Diabetes Research Institute. This yearly effort is a great way to spread holiday cheer for kids (and adults!) who celebrate Christmas and are living with diabetes.
We share our favorites every month, but we'd love to include yours! Please send along your D-post picks for the month of December to us via email, or on Twitter or Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you all.