Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks... and Fight It! Friday

As we've done in previous years, we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends. Cooking, talking, eating... I just love it.

Though I'm still not sure what dish we're bringing.

I'm thinking something chocolate.

(Maybe what I made that one year)

Anyhow, I wanted to check in-- to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and to let you know that a post is coming.

A much longer post.

We weathered a storm recently -- something I was hesitant to blog about. Seems that unloading the heavier stuff doesn't come as easy as it used to... guess I'm out of practice.

Anyhow, that post is almost finished.

In the meantime, I wanted to bring your attention to a post-Thanksgiving online fundraiser put together by Christopher Thomas over at Diabetic Rockstar.

The campaign is called Fight It! Friday and the goal is to raise $4,000 for individuals with diabetes (and their families) who are financially struggling/uninsured. Money raised will help cover their medical costs and supplies over the holiday season.

Chris is asking folks to give just one dollar. Please click below and make a donation. It takes just a few seconds.

I guarantee you cannot find a better way to spend a dollar (or more!) that day.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

World Diabetes Day 2009

People are gathering, talking, celebrating...

Blue is everywhere.

Once again, I'd like to add my son's voice to the chorus as he shares some of his thoughts about managing Type 1 diabetes and how he educates/involves his friends.

(We had a lot of fun doing this... our own mini WDD celebration.)

*Note: The blog stays blue until the end of the month in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, returning to the usual orange-red hue on December 1st. :-)

Monday, November 09, 2009

D-Blog Day 2009

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and today is D-Blog Day -- conceived four years ago by Gina Capone at Diabetes Talkfest as a means of celebrating the power of this ever-growing online community to share, to educate, to support anyone willing to write their story, make a comment, or simply read a d-blog.

My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just over five years ago -- and honestly, I don't know how I would have coped had I not blogged about our lives here. I needed a place to unload -- but more than that, I needed to find others who could tell me that, yes, we could do this.

That my boy would be okay.

Sometimes it was hard, reading those other stories. Hearing about the frustrations, the complications, the fears this disease can instill in those touched by it.

Nevertheless, I needed to know.

But then too, were the stories about coping -- about thriving -- despite everything this disease throws at you.

So am I now certain that my boy will be okay?

No, I'm not.

But thanks to this wonderful community, I know he has an amazing shot at being so much better.