2008 Year in Review
First and foremost I would like to thank all of you who not only take the time to read Diabetes Dad, but who both send me comments and also forward the articles to others. I so appreciate each and every one of you. May your Christmas, your Hanukkah, your yearly reflection, or any way you choose to spend the holidays, be filled with peace and family and friends. May we all realize how precious life is and grasp how much we all REALLY do mean to each other. Take time to reflect upon those in your life and how lucky you are to have them. Also know how lucky they are to have you as well. A dream is a wish your heart makes; may 2009 see yours come true. In the words of Tiny Tim from Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol; God bless us, every one.
- Tom Karlya, Diabetes Dad
While the community has flourished on the whole, I personally had many life changes this past year. I got married, started my journey towards preparing for pregnancy, and made a CGM part of my daily diabetes routine. I fought for CGM insurance coverage, attended many diabetes conferences for the first time, and started my own diabetes vlog. I feel like Im a part of something so big, so inspiring, that its helped to fuel my desire to better manage my diabetes. The support and guidance of the diabetes community helped make this year one of vast personal growth, and Im grateful for every moment. Onward to 2009 its going to be a big year!!
- Kerri Morrone Sparling, Generation D
"2008 was the year for social media and patients with diabetes. At the beginning of the year, we had TuDiabetes, Diabetes Daily, and a few other well-established online communities focused on diabetes, such as dLife and ChildrenWithDiabetes. As 2008 wraps up, there are more than ten social networks focused on specific niches and needs, along with a growing presence of diabetes in social media sites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. These are all positive steps to help connect more people with diabetes and raise diabetes awareness. 2009 will be the year of the World Diabetes Day doodle!"
- Manny Hernandez, Hola Diabetes
I cannot believe that I am already writing the year in review for 2008. Where did the year go?! I think that the explosion of the patient's voices has continued and is still gaining momentum. We saw a little more notice from the mainstream media, which is exciting, but is still not enough. We saw the diabetes community stand up and express our concerns over some misconceptions on a popular teen television show, and we were heard! It has been a year full of emotions for me, with many ups and downs, and feeling that I did not meet my self-care goals. But that is what I will work towards in 2009, with a little more energy and a lot more dedication. I look forward to being a part of whatever the coming year brings to the diabetes community.
- Scott Johnson, Which Way Is Down?
On the large scale, this year has given hope in the latest research of type 1 and type 2, with potential cures for type 1 and a better understanding of type 2 and its relation to heart disease. I applaud efforts to extend CGMS coverage to a larger group of people in order to obtain better control and fewer complications.
On the small scale, I have unfortunately witnessed the direct relationship between less-than-stellar diabetes control and a propensity for my immune system to fail me. At year's end, I'm starting to crawl out of a dark place emotionally and physically in which I've been stuck for much too long.
- Rachel Baumgartel, Dueling Diabetes
In our house, having a president elected in 2008 who is open to stem cell research was very big news. Our son Joel has never been able to understand how anyone could see stem cell research as anything but a positive step for every person with a serious illness and the people who love them. The past 8 years have been so frustrating as we have seen that this technology is available but President Bush has been unwilling to use it. This could be the step that truly gets us closer to finding a cure.
- Karen Hargrave-Nykaza, A New Normal
2008 shined light on the partially obscured human condition. We heard a poignant podcast about the realities of type-1 diabetes, exploring the human side of a disease process. The world read how even devout prayer was not enough to prevent the unwarranted death of a little girl in ketosis. And we saw the roll-out of wallet-sized etiquette cards, listing how to productively support a diabetic loved one. This past year stepped us out of the clinic a little bit and embraced the sometimes tenacious and, at times, remiss human attempts at living with diabetes.
- Scott Marvel, Blogabetes
Without a doubt, I think the number one diabetes story of the year was the long overdue recognition by the American Diabetes Association in January 2008 that low-carbohydrate diets have a role to play in weight loss. For many of us who control our blood glucose numbers daily with very low-carbohydrate diets, the guidelines dont go far enough, but I think its a huge step forward in helping people with type 2 diabetes take charge of their daily numbers. When my endo recommends the South Beach diet, I can see that the message is getting through to practitioners.
- Ilene Rush, Second Chances
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Many people say that depression is a side effect or complication of diabetes. Without discounting the association of the psychological condition with the physical one, I'm not convinced that our high and/or unstable glucose levels are directly responsible for that change in our mental state. My belief is that the unrelenting need for self-care, for following the sort of care schedules that can drive licensed, professional caregivers crazy, is what overwhelms us...