Just write

It’s a long story (that’s what happens when you haven’t posted in eleven and a half months), but I was on a 36 hour round trip adventure with my mom to Southern California and back and we needed something to listen to on the drive when we got sick of Christmas carols. I suppose I should mention that this was about a month ago. I typically listen to podcasts on long drives, but most of them are serialized (unintentional Serial pun) so it wouldn’t really be fair to my mom to make her listen. Instead, I downloaded the audio version … Continue Reading →

diabetes education advocacy


Let’s ignore for a moment that I haven’t posted in two months. Working in diabetes all day takes a bit of the motivation away from writing about it at night. Unfortunately something happened last night to bring a little of the motivation back to the surface. I was invited to tell my story on a local diabetes radio show. Typically when I share my story I share about the importance of diabetes education – education for the general public about the signs and symptoms of diabetes and continued education for people after they are diagnosed. Those two things would have … Continue Reading →

The Best ‘Betes Blogs of 2014

In the spirit of the wrap up posts making their way around the blogging community, here is the list of the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs for 2014. Each month, posts are nominated by anyone in the diabetes online community through email, twitter direct messages, and/or an online form. The host of the list for that month selects his or her favorite posts from among the nominated posts. Then at the end of the year, all the monthly favorites are compiled into one list for members of the diabetes online community to vote for their favorites. The voting period ended … Continue Reading →

Best of the ‘Betes Blogs: Best of 2014

It’s that time of year again – we’re wrapping up the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs of 2014. I’ve visited the posts for all of this year’s hosts and compiled their lists of the best posts for this year. It was really interesting to look back at all the posts that have been written over this past year and see all the changes we have experienced. [If I told you it actually took me HOURS to look up all the posts and write the code for all the links in all the categories, would that make you more likely to … Continue Reading →


This weekend was a big amazing time for diabetes advocacy and I am proud to call these people my friends. . . First, Kim gave an amazing speech on the main stage at the Medicine X conference. MedX is an “initiative explores how emerging technologies will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care” (source). From my attendance last year, I know that the room was filled with health care practitioners, fellow patients, entrepreneurs, and all other involved in the healthcare experience. Kim’s message about the power of “me too” … Continue Reading →

Welcome back – August Best of the ‘Betes Blogs

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 … Continue Reading →