My Favorite Things

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Today’s Topic: As we wrap up another Diabetes Blog Week, let’s share a few of our favorite things from the week. 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 left on your blog that made you smile. Anything you liked is worth sharing!


Laddie_Head SquareMy first Diabetes Blog Week was a great experience. Mid-week I was tired of writing and swearing that I would never do this again. Quickly I regained my mojo and was back on track. I am still overwhelmed at the number of posts that I have already read and by the huge number still to be perused. By far the best part of this week was my interactions with old friends and the introductions to new friends.

Old Friends:  When I started blogging a year ago, very quickly I met Rhonda of Fifteen Wait Fifteen and Kelley of Below Seven. Their blogs sit side-by-side in my bookmarks and because they are so closely aligned in my mind, I occasionally worry that I might accidentally switch up their names.  (Please forgive me if I do!)  Rhonda and Kelly, thanks for being loyal readers, commenters, and always an inspiration to me.

Rhonda’s Thursday post about her mantra of “Fake it ‘til you make it” is a must-read for everyone.  Kelley’s Friday post about Diabetes Hacks has a ton of suggestions for everyone with Type 1, especially Medtronic users.

Also thanks to James of t1dme for following my blog and then challenging my liberal arts education with his philosophical and artistic blogposts. His Wednesday post on mental health wove the story of Sisyphus into some vivid imagery about the mental burden of diabetes. As a former flower-child, I can only say “Heavy, Man.”

New/Old Friend:  Sometimes it takes a while to put together the puzzle of who someone is and how they fit into your life.  Colleen of d-meanderings has left comments on my blog several times in recent months, but it took Diabetes Blog Week to introduce me to her blog.  Anyone who starts Snapshot Saturday with a photo of Krispy Creme donuts deserves special mention.

New Friend:  One of the first posts I read on Monday was by Kyle of Active Diabetic-An Ongoing Experiment.  His Change the World post was passionate about athletic endeavors as a way to empower people with diabetes.  I totally agree with him although rock climbing and extreme cycling are out of my reach.  All week his posts were beautifully and intelligently written.  Plus he loves dogs and lives in Newfoundland!  Be sure to investigate his blog.

Best Laugh:  Kim of Texting My Pancreas bent the rules a bit for Poetry Tuesday by providing some diabetes rewriting of a couple of Saturday Night Live skits.  If you want a good laugh and yearn for knowledge about strippers and tube trimmers, check it out.

I read many wonderful blogposts this week and am amazed at the talent and passion of my fellow bloggers in the DOC. I could have mentioned one hundred posts here and just picked a sampling of my favorite things. Parents, Type 1’s, Type 2’s: thanks to everyone for sharing your life with me.

Final thanks to Karen Graffeo of Bitter~Sweet™ for a great Diabetes Blog Week!

6 thoughts on “My Favorite Things

  1. Great stuff, Laddie – thanks for being a part of D-Blog Week! It’s been great reading your posts, and I had actually missed out on reading a couple of the ones you mentioned today, so thanks for pointing me to them! There’s a lot more to read still, so it’ll be fun playing catchup.

  2. Kim’s post is still cracking me up. I’m going to read your other links now too–new to me!

  3. You are too kind. I love your synopsis of the week. I am glad to have found your blog through this. I look forward to your posts as you have a great outlook on things. All the best!

  4. Aww, thanks for including me in your list! I’m honored to be included with Rhonda because I love her blog 🙂 I love all the other links you included as well!

  5. Seriously, ALL you folks are just plain awesome! Words cannot express my gratitude to you for all the encouragement and support you have given to me in your comments, emails, in reading my stories and allowing me to read yours. You all have made me a better (diabetic) person! (Now I’m tearing up a bit, and losing the ability to formulate words. Better go check my blood sugar 🙂 )

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