Monday, May 9, 2011

Admiring Our Differences!!

Diabetes Blog Week kicks off today and I’m thrilled to report that there are currently 159 participants signed up to blog along with all of us this week!  If you still want to sign up, it certainly isn’t too late.  Leave me a comment on the DBlog Week post or send an email to and I’ll add you to the list!!  Now, on to my post for Day 1!!


Admiring our differences - Monday 5/9: We are all diabetes bloggers, but we come from many different perspectives.  Last year, Diabetes Blog Week opened my eyes to all of the different kinds of blogs (and bloggers) out there – Type 1s, Type 2s, LADAs, parents of kids with diabetes, spouses of adults with diabetes and so on.  Today let’s talk about how great it is to learn from the perspectives of those unlike us!  Have you learned new things from your T2 friends?  Are D-Parents your heroes?  Do LADA blogs give you insight to another diagnosis story?  Do T1s who’ve lived well with diabetes since childhood give you hope?  Pick a type of blogger who is different from you and tell us why they inspire you - why you admire them - why it’s great that we are all the same but different!!

admireI love that the D-OC has so many different types of diabetes bloggers.  I gain so much from reading and pondering other perspectives and situations.  I love that we are all the same but different.  So it was hard to decide exactly which type of blogger I wanted to talk about today.  BUT I’ve had a certain post brewing in my head for a while and haven’t gotten it written yet.  AND yesterday was Mother’s Day.  AND next month we’ll celebrate Father’s Day.  SO today I’m going to admire the D-Moms and D-Dads!!

The parents I’ve met, both on-line and off, who give their all 24/7 to help their children live happy, normal, healthy lives with diabetes impress and astound me each and every day.  Reyna, Meri, Wendy, Lorraine, Renata, Trev . . . . I could continue this list all day and still not be able to link everyone.  And I want to mention my Real Life friend Joan, who is a D-Mom Extraordinaire!!

I would like to thank you all for sharing so much about the job of being a full time pancreas for your child or children.  You give me a much better understanding of a side of diabetes my own parents didn’t share much of, probably because they felt that burden should be theirs to bear.  I know it can’t always be easy to share your experiences, but so many readers learn so much from you.  You are heroes in my eyes.

And I want you to know, deep inside, I sometimes fantasize about completely handing over my D-Care to you for a day (or more??).  Any takers??? 


Don’t forget to add your post to the Admiring our differences-Monday 5/9 Link List.  Please enter YOUR BLOG’S NAME in the field marked Your Name and the link to YOUR SPECIFIC POST in the field marked Your URL.


  1. So many AWSOME POSTS out there today... thanks to you :)

    D Care?? Bring it on!! Whats one more??

  2. I'll totally be your pinch hitter, my friend. Especially if it means that we can meet IRL and PARTY LIKE ROCKSTARS :)

    Thank you for this week, my friend.

    Thank you for your blog.


  3. Love this post!!!:) Thank you for sharing & for blog week!:)

  4. Thanks so much for organizing D-Blog Week! LOVE it!

    It's a mutual admiration society. I so appreciate YOU and the other T1 bloggers!

    Need a break from D-Care? Come on over! I'm pretty good mama pancreas, if I do say so myself. ;-)

  5. I agree.. D-parents are the best!

  6. I woke up to so many blog posts and its amazing!!

    Im loving reading everyones different thoughts, and how it all comes back to the same purpose.

    Beautiful post! Come to Vegas Ill totally give you a few days off! ;)

  7. thank you Karen for hosting this week, and as a D-mom (twice over) I also thank you for your compliment

  8. Seriously...I've got much harder could four be? Bring it on!

    I wrote a special post for YOU too. :) I'm not sure you could ever fully comprehend how much you help me get through my day. When all is said and done, my boys still have amazing life experiences ahead of them...and watching you go through your life with such poise and so much makes me hopeful for the life ahead of my boys.

    Love you dear Karen!

  9. I completely agree - D-parents are amazing!

    Thanks for organizing D-Blog Week again this year. It's going to be a great seven days! :)

  10. OMGoodness...laughing at being your pancreas! I'll totally do. We will avoid the OJ in NYC though...I'll carry a Woodchuck just for you with a juicy juice.

    This has been such a fun morning reading the posts. Thank you for organizing a wonderful event Karen.


    I am grateful for PWD Bloggers perceptions and helps me do a better job by Joe. I am eternally thankful for that.

  11. Yay!!! Day one!! Thanks for the love and for organizing this totally fun event!!

  12. I am grateful for the lesson I continually learn from EVERY. SINGLE. BLOGGER. IN. THE. DOC.
    WE ROCK!!

  13. Looks like you've got quite a few takers for your request to hand over your D-care for a day, lol!

    Thanks for putting together this fun week for us a "newbie" blogger this is giving me a little push to get a bit busier with my blogging...I started off pretty strong, but had gotten a little "lazy" last month with the kids being more busy. Anyway, it was great to wake up to see so many posts to read...I'm sure to have lots of catching up by the end of my work day :)

  14. I am sure I can help for a day! Wouldn't that be interesting having a stand in D-Momma? Huh, that sounds like a good business idea!

    Thank you for doing this again, I am already enjoying reading everyone's posts.


  15. Thanks for hosting D-Blog week again this year. It's so much fun to read everyone's posts and I'm finding new blogs to read (you know, with all that spare time).

    It was so fun meeting you in person and I'm glad we had time to chat.

    And the funny thing is that even though I was away from my D-Kid for a few days, every time I heard someone's pump or meter beep, it took everything I had not to ask what BG came up and mother you all! Once an artificial pancreas, always an artificial pancreas :)

  16. Thanks for doing this again this year... come on over, I'll take care of you! Just don't be weirded out if I treat you like a 3 year old!

  17. I will get NOTHING done this week, thanks to you, Karen.
    Ain't it great!
    I'm sure you're going to be doing a happy dance all week.
    Congratulations for coming up with and continuing such a great d-tradition.

  18. Karen thank you for helping so many of us people living with diabetes in different ways come together to help provide another form of support!!!

  19. Woot for Parents! Karen, if they take over your diabetes for a day, do you think they can handle mines?

  20. Late in the day - but I made it!

    Where do I sign up for therapy to help with the complex I have about trying to read all of these? And it's only Monday?! ... I'm in trouble.

  21. Karen...i'll take over your D-Care for you! wouldn't that be an awesome exercise?! i truly understand how someone like you just could really appreciate a break!

  22. I think you know you've captured the hearts of all the D-Mama bloggers. I would take on your care in a minute - just as any of us would!

    As a mom that is truly my biggest wish for Nate and for all PWD - it's a mom thing but I just want to take it from you. I would do it for you and any other PWD not just Nate. I wish it worked that way!!

    Thank you again for putting DBW together!! I love reading all of these amazing posts!!

  23. Thanks so much for putting this together. Sometimes it's so hard for me to get my writing brain going and having a topic helps. Hope to make it all week. Love the topic. I admire you all, type 1's, 2's, d-moms, d-dads, LADA's, MODY's and even those like me, ND-moms (although I still think there are only 2 of us that I can tell). I love that I learn something new every day through the DOC. You rock!

  24. Great post, Karen... But no, I'm sorry. Not gonna take your D-Care for even a moment. Lucky I can even care for myself (what??? HA!!!). But hey, nice try!

  25. I am so enjoying reading all over the DOC this week...thank you so much for organizing this!

    Wouldn't that be fun? Let's all pair up and give these awesome PWD a break for a day or two!!

  26. Karen-
    Thank you for hosting this d-blog week! And a big shout out to Joan!!!
    I'm so grateful that the DOC helped me to find you!

  27. <3

    I would love to meet all D-Parents IRL one day....then take one home with me for a month. I'll do my laundry, don't worry.


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