2010 Year in Review

 

2010: Year in Review, continued

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"Leaving early, sir?"
"It's the same every time. When the knock comes, hand 2010 this letter and say it's over with no renewal. I just cannot do it again face-to-face."
"Yes sir."
2010 walked in shortly after.
"He told me to give you this. Read it and you're done with no renewal."

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with a prayer,
In hopes that Santa would bring the cure with him this year.

The children were nestled from head to their feeties,
While thoughts in their head were of no more diabetes.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, she prayed for the cure too,
A dad still wonders what else could he do...

Read more here.

- Viewpoints Columnist Tom Karlya, Diabetes Dad


Kerri_Morrone1"This year was an important one for many research- and community-related reasons, but for my family, it was the year that our family expanded despite the challenges presented by a diabetic pregnancy. Our daughter is healthy and very, very happy, and I have my capable medical team, my loving family, and the supportive diabetes online community to thank for her safe arrival (and my sanity). Onward and upward for 2011!"

- Viewpoints Columnist Kerri Sparling, Generation D


Kalimah Johnson "There has been plenty of news to go around concerning diabetes for the year 2010. The whole drama of Avandia and placing the drug on restrictions in Europe and the United States because it did more harm than good I thought was news-worthy. The possiblity of long term health care benefits for people with type 1 and the discussion of health care reform and how it affects those of us who have diabetes was in no doubt a hot topic. The sad fact that more and more people in the U.S. are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes— 24 million, or 8 percent of the population, as reported by the CDC to be exact—is also worth mentioning in my year in review. I am challenged everyday by this disease, frightened by the statistics, and even more overwhelmed when I learn of people whom I happen to know, like, and/or admire suffering from the consequences."

Read more here.

- Viewpoints Columnist Kalimah Johnson, Get it Together, Sugar


Rachel"While the online diabetes community came together more than ever with offline meet-ups and continued advocacy, we also mourned the loss of some of our own, serving as a reminder of why we do what we do around the blogosphere and beyond."

- Viewpoints Columnist Rachel Baumgartel, Dueling Diabetes


Kathryn Foss"I remember reading an article this year which said that the CDC had released a report saying that by the year 2040, one in three Americans would have type 2 diabetes if current trends continued. Realizing that between 75-100 million people could have diabetes is a sobering thought. That was shocking to me. It made me realize that there is a drastic need for health education in our society. So many cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable when an effort towards diet and exercise are applied. Instilling these values in our children today could truly make a notable impact later when it comes to diseases like type 2 diabetes. I know it has really made me consider how I parent my little girl and the way we portray eating and exercise here in our home in the daily choices we make."

- Viewpoints Columnist Kathryn Foss, Suddenly Diabetic


 

 

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Last Modified Date: April 23, 2013

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