It’s been quite a while since I hosted the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs list here. This month I just forgot to get a host until it was too late. Side note: Email me if you want to host in the next few months!
There were definitely some interesting reads this month and some non-traditional nominations. I really enjoyed checking out everything on the list.
Best Use of Humor: The Grumpy Pumper takes a … unique… approach to celebrating his diaversary.
Best Vlog: Spotted on Chris’ blog, this episode of My Drunk Kitchen (retitled My Diabetes Kitchen) provides basic diabetes education and advocacy in a way I’ve never heard before.
Best Recipe: I had to read this one a few times to try to find the recipe from Katy. I think it got nominated for sharing the joy of a day in the life of spending time with family who don’t understand celiac and being gluten free. It’s really a wonder I ever get invited out to eat – like the time the whole family picked a local Italian place.
Best Advocacy: In this post, Moira takes a look at the relationship of the Ice Bucket Challenge and the diabetes community.
Best Reference to a D-Celebrity: Thank you Auntly H for introducing us to Rebecca Young, an Olympic hopeful speed skater with type 1 diabetes. She needs the help of the diabetes community to continue her dream, so please read Auntly’s post.
Best Story of a D Meet-up: A story of the time when Alexis met someone who had just found out he was pre-diabetic and the changes he was committed to make.
Best non-D Related Post: Marie’s post about being SIXTEEN YEARS cancer free was nominated by several different people. As she shares, “Aging is the most amazing thing that can happen. It is proof you lived, even when death was an option. Aging is a gift to be celebrated.”
Best Post by a Type 1: It’s a post by Renza about brittle diabetes, but it is also a post about never giving up and pursing your questions with your doctors until you are satisfied with the answers.
Best Post by a Type Awesome: A post by a Type Awesome as she contemplates her changing role as a Type Awesome.
Best story of a D-mistake: Allison’s post about her possessed Dexcom receiver had me cracking up. I was trying to figure out what the problem was right up until the very end. The real problem sounds exactly like something that would happen to me too!
Best Diabetes Art: Sneaking in right before the end of the month, Kim offers a great depiction on how an awareness month can really feel. One thing I became more aware of at Medicine X last year (don’t forget to sign up to view Kim’s speech this year), was that we are not the only patient community to feel this way.
Best Comments: Another nomination found by way of someone else’s blog (I think it’s the first time it’s happened and it happened twice this month). Thanks to Kerri I found out about Darth Skeptic’s unusual method of diabetes education currently taking place on Twitter. An awesome approach, but I don’t think I have the mental strength to explore the ignorance on the #diabetes hashtag.
There were no posts nominated this month for: LADA/ Type 1.5/ Not otherwise specified, Type 2, or Motivational.
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Thank you to all those who nominated posts this month and congratulations to those who were nominated.