Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation

Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation -

The Winners Are…….

I am honored to host Best of Betes Blogs for the month of December. The people in the diabetes online community are great storytellers; they spare no details in sharing what life is like for type 1, type 2 or being a care giver. The stories told by the community is what makes the diabetes online community unique and awesome.

I am excited to announce the Best of Betes Blogs for December. Best of Betes Blog “winners” can snag this amazing logo to share with your readers.

Best of the Betes Blogs

Best Use of Humor

Best Vlog

Best Use of Photography

Best Advocacy

Best Reference to a D-Celebrity

Best Story of a D Meet-up

Best non-D Related Post

Best Post by a Type 1

Best Post by a Type 2

Best Post by a Type Awesome

Best story of a D-mistake

Best Motivational Post

Best Diabetes Art

If you are interested in sh


Nominations by:

Scott E: http://rollinginthed.wordpress.com

Sara: http://momentsofwonderful.com

Laddie: http://testguessandgo.com

Mike: http://www.thediabeticscornerbooth.com/

Sara is looking for Best of Betes Blogs host for 2015, if you are interested, send her an email at bestbetesblogs@gmail.com include “I want to host” in the subject line.

Afterthoughts DSMA Live: ‘Rents | Stacy Mitchell on Local Support

Stacy, CJ and familyStacy is the mom of 5 year old kindergartner Caden James.  Caden James was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April 2011, two days after his second birthday.  Completely unaware of the disease or anyone currently living with type 1, Stacy reached out on social media to find other diabetic families.

Within a month of Caden James’ diagnosis, Stacy became active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Alabama chapter and worked to create a local outreach group called the Bolusers of Birmingham.  The Bolusers of Birmingham now have over 140 families affected by type 1 diabetes.  Caden James wears an Animas Ping insulin pump and a Dexcom G4 continuous glucose meter.  Nightscout, the CGM in The Cloud initiative, is also part of Caden James’ apparatus.   Stacy and her family reside in Birmingham, Alabama.

If you missed it live, listen to the archive and learn how you get easily get a local support group started near you!

Check Out Health Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with DiabetesSocMed on BlogTalkRadio


Best of the Betes’ Blog

Due to the holiday the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs post is a few days later (Sara, don’t kill me).  We are honored to host December’s Best of the Betes’ Blogs and look forward to reading blogs from the community that inspires a lot of what we do, here at DCAF.

If you are not familiar with the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs here is a little background from Sara (Co-creator) .

Sara: I think one of the best parts of Diabetes Blog Week was finding blogs that I had never read before. I really wanted to keep that idea going so I emailed George to talk about bringing back an idea we had first started thinking about way back (!) in 2010. I have seen this idea work it in other blogging communities and we are excited to bring it to the diabetes online community. As of February 2012 the hosting rotates around the diabetes online community.

How does it work?

Here are the categories:

Best Use of Humor
Best Vlog
Best Recipe
Best Use of Photography
Best Advocacy
Best Reference to a D-Celebrity
Best Story of a D Meet-up
Best non-D Related Post
Best Post by a Type 1
Best Post by a Type 2
Best Post by a Type Awesome
Best Post by a LADA/ Type 1.5/ Not otherwise specified
Best story of a D-mistake
Best Motivational Post 

Best Diabetes Art 

As you read blogs during the month, take note of any posts that you think are a perfect example of one of the categories listed above (please no self-nominations).  Submit your nominations by emailing bestbetesblogs@gmail.com or visit their website (http://bestbetesblogs.com ) to complete the online form or send a DM to the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs twitter account (@bestbetesblogs) with your nominations.

A nomination would look something like this

Sara (include link to blog if you have one) nominates Sprinkles for the Best Story of a D-Mistake (link to the specific post you are nominating on Sprinkles’ blog)

Then on the 1st of the month visit BestBetesBlogs.com (or this page) to see the winners.

Afterthoughts DSMA Live: ‘Rents | Successful Teens, Natalie and Jim from #CWD

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 2.34.13 PMOn our most recent edition of DSMA Live: ‘Rents, Bennet and I spoke with Natalie Bellini and Jim Vail about helping teens with diabetes be successful. Natalie and Jim run the Teen Program at the annual Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Conference in Orlando, Florida. Listen in as they describe the program, the impact it’s had on those who’ve attended and how you can register for the 2015 conference. As a mom of a soon-to-be teen, I can tell you this was a fantastic and informative show!

Friends for Life 2015 Conference Information

More on Natalie and Jim:

Natalie Bellini, BSN, RN, CDE, has had type 1 diabetes since she was a young child. Within a year of finishing nursing school, she started to care for people with diabetes, focusing first on diabetes in pregnancy then pediatrics and insulin requiring adults. She has worked on the medical side of camps for children and teens in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. She has spoken nationally and internationally as an expert in both working with teens and their parents with diabetes as well as infusion set choice, usage and maintenance. Her fundamental goal when developing the teenage curriculum for Children with Diabetes conferences is that each and every teen that attends finds a passion in life and pursues it.

Jim Vail was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986 at age 19 while he was a sophomore at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Jim graduated with a degree in Media Communications and was a producer for CNBC Business news in Washington, D.C., for 9 years all the while wrestling with the unpredictability of short and intermediate acting insulin. After finally going on a pump in October of 2001 and ‘getting his life back,’ Jim began volunteering at CWD in the teen program where he quickly became one of the Program Coordinators. He’s worn, tested or personally used virtually every product represented in the Exhibit Hall. Jim has recently accepted the position of Director of Development and Communications for CWD.


Check Out Health Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with DiabetesSocMed on BlogTalkRadio

24 Hour Twitter Marathon on WDD, November 14th


3rd Annually World Diabetes Twitter Marathon

Purpose: Twitter Marathon for World Diabetes Day

Objective:  Conversations about various topics as it relates to diabetes around the world.

Theme: Together WE Can Accomplish Anything

How to participate: The World Diabetes Day twitter chat will begin at 12 am ET on Friday, November 14th and end at 11:59 pm EST that evening (time zone converter here). The hosts, topic, and schedule can be found here,  Wednesday, November 12th.

Please make sure you include the hashtag #WDDChat14.

Shout out and Thank You to the 24 people/organizations that have volunteered to host an hour of the WDD Twitter Marathon:

Gina Capone
Veronica Almada
Michelle Litchman
Oscar Lz de Drinas
Molly Lepeska and Louise Kyle/ 100 Campaign
Tami Neumann/ Conversations In Care
Cherise Shockley/ Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation
Stephen Shaul
Lorraine Sisto
Kerri Sparling
David Eldeman/Diabetes Daily
Anna Norton/DiabetesSisters
Kelly Kunik
Mike Hoskins
Nigeria DOC
Andrea Limbourg
Deborah Greenwood/Hope Warshaw
Paul B.
Stacey Simms
C Clement
Alanna Swartz
George Simmons
 Mila Ferrer

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment.

Happy Tweeting !!!