Find a Friend…Diabetes Blog Week 2012.

For my loyal readers, this is a brief explanation of Diabetes Blog Week as stated by the originator Karen Graffeo:

Two years ago I had an idea for a week when diabetes bloggers could unite and give our views on a set topic each day.  I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested in joining Diabetes Blog Week but the response was overwhelming and the whole week turned out more awesome than I ever could have imagined!!  Many asked if this would become an annual thing, so last year we did it all again.  Even more bloggers participated the second time around and it was another great week.

This is my first time participating in Diabetes Blog Week. I am not usually a joiner, meaning I don’t jump in and join new things right away. I usually sit back, take it all in, and then decide with what, if anything, I am going to do about the new information.

The first topic is Find a Friend. The idea is to write a blog about other blogs that we read about diabetes.

As I hang my head in shame, I am embarrassed to tell you, I do not read many other blogs on a regular basis. I have my diabetes home, which is www.type1parents.org, and that is where I live, but that is not a blog. I reside in this website and gain insight into this annoying disease through the experiences of others in my family over there. I know it seems odd to write about a website using the words home, reside and live, but that is how I feel over there.

It is a safe place for me to fall when diabetes breaks my heart. It is a funny place for me to share when diabetes is the butt of a joke. It is the cheering section of my life when we get one-up on diabetes. It is the warmest place for me to spend my cold nights when I am up checking sugars until the sun rises. It is the place where I know people have my back when diabetes tries to be a big stupid bully. It is my home.

Through the wonders of facebook though, I have been lucky enough to learn about one mom’s blog, http://www.d-mom.com/ D-mom Blog The Sweet Life with a Diabetic Child. While the author may not know me or my blog, I have reached out to her in the past via her blog and email regarding some diabetes questions. Like I said before I am not a joiner, I have my few people that I trust regarding diabetes, and that is usually it. But when I felt like I needed a bit more then my group, I sought out some help. I received that help from this blogger, and for that I will be forever grateful.

The second blogger that I thankfully encountered through facebook is http://thisiscaleb.wordpress.com/. Not only do I read this blog, but I find the author to be well versed on many diabetes topics, who presents herself in a well thought out, well articulated manner, that I truly appreciate and listen to the words she chooses to use.

While I know there are many fantastic blog out there about diabetes, these are the two that I gravitate towards. I look forward to being part of Find a Friend in the Diabetes Blog Week 2012 because I know many more wonderful blogs will be highlighted and along with my readers, I will learn about them as well.

Tomorrow’s topic is One Great Thing…where I get to talk about One Great Thing my son does when it comes to his diabetes. The hardest part is going to be thinking of just one. My son rocks. Stay tuned…

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Leslie posted at 2012-5-13 Category: Uncategorized

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  1. #6Leslie @ 2012-5-14 16:51

    Thank you all so much for commenting. Yes, this has been fun for me. I reading so many wonderful blogs that I never even knew existed! We are a strong community and it shows so much through this Blog Week.
    Leslie

  2. #5Nina @ 2012-5-14 16:45

    You’re better than me, I couldn’t come up with a single blog to list for today’s post because I get all of my D-interactions through Twitter. 🙂

    I love the variety of communities and perspectives I’m getting from clicking through the list of everyone participating, though! Lots of good ideas and things to read when I have a few spare minutes to myself.

  3. #4Lorraine @ 2012-5-14 15:47

    I’m with Karen! No shame at all! I feel about TuDiabetes the way you feel about type1parents. The beautiful thing here is that there is so much support and encouragement available for everyone. It doesn’t matter where you get it, just that you get it. And in your case, you give it as well. Your words touch me greatly. Thank you. I’m happy we’ve connected on Facebook and honored that you follow us at TIC. 🙂

  4. #3Karen @ 2012-5-14 15:38

    No need to hang your head in shame . . . . you nailed this topic perfectly! And you mentioned two fantastic blogs! Well done, and I can’t wait to read about all of your son’s terrific things tomorrow. 🙂

  5. #2Leslie @ 2012-5-14 11:57

    Thanks for reading Leighann. You have been a great help to me and I appreciate it.
    Leslie

  6. #1Leighann of D-Mom Blog @ 2012-5-14 10:20

    Thank you so much for including me in your friends list today! So good to connect with you through Facebook and the blog 🙂

    Can’t wait to read your post tomorrow and see what aspect(s) of D your son rocks!