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#DSMA for Parents of Children with Diabetes

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I am excited to announce, we will be co-moderating a DSMA ‘Rents Edition Twitter chat with Phoenix Children’s Hospital Diabetes Program.

Topic: Caregiver Burnout 

When: February 16, 2015 at 12 PM ET

Where: Twitter

Follow: @DiabetesSocMed for the questions and include #dsma in your tweets

Hashtag: #dsma

Interested in participating, but not sure how? Check out Kerri’s post, Diabetes and Twitter 101.

We are searching for a team of parents to help come up with content for monthly (for now) chats. If you are interested, please send an email to cherise@diabetesCAF.org.

Afterthoughts DSMA Live: ‘Rents | Sandy Struss

Sandy StrussSandy Struss has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 26 years and has dedicated her life to being “a force for good.”  She says that diabetes has given her a profound awareness of her own mortality, and believes that each of us has the opportunity to make a difference in the world with the gifts we’ve been given.

Sandy recognized early on that even though she didn’t like having diabetes, she had a choice to make – she could be bitter because of it, or she could be better in spite of it.  The journey hasn’t been easy, but she’s proud of the woman she’s become.  At 43, she continues to rock life as a “diabadass” and is currently training for her 2nd Tough Mudder obstacle course race.  Professionally, Sandy works as the Marketing Manager for Animas Canada.

Please listen in to the archived show with Sandy and hear about her diagnosis story at the age of 17, how she managed in a different country through her college education and how she became a Tough Mudder Diabadass!

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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!

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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.