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The Days Grow Short When You Reach September

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Maybe it is the start of the new school year that got everyone writing, but this group of the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs is the best we have seen so far. There is a record number of blogs nominated by a record number of people. Please visit every blog listed in this post. They all deserve our attention, encouragement, and comments as they represent what is best about the diabetes community.

Best Use of Humor

Meri and her kids help us create a new word when we don’t see the number we expect on our meters – it’s shockaprising!

Best Vlog

Warning: When you click on this vlog, make sure you have some Kleenex. Nicole takes us on the emotional journey of her daughter’s doctor’s appointment and first A1c result since pumping. (p.s. Remember, we are more than our numbers)

Best Recipe

I stand by my verdict that there is no better recipe than the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Scully further proves my point with her killer peanut butter chocolate fudge.

Best Use of Photography Pictures

So it isn’t technically a photograph, but Bob’s picture for Diabetes Art Day is an amazing representation of the burden of diabetes control.

Best Advocacy

Ableism is the discrimination against people with diabetes. In part one, C encourages us to use our voices to educate more and in part two she reminds us that we are all beautiful.

Best Story of a D Meet-up

It wasn’t a D meet-up in the traditional sense, but Susi R. found that when you need the community the amazing DOC is there for you.

Best non-D Related Post

I don’t know what to say. I wish Kelly never wrote this beautiful post about her mom.

Best Post by a Type 1

She has been using the terms for twenty-one years, but Jacquie feels like she only recently began learning the language.

Best Post by a Type 2

Guilt? Forgiveness? Brenda Bell writes about how we can try to find a balance.

Best Post by a Type Awesome

I am not sure how many fathers of children with diabetes are out there, but Scott writes an amazing description of what it feels like to carry the burden of his daughter’s numbers and Arden’s unprompted thoughts on the issue.

Best Post by a LADA/ Type 1.5/ Not otherwise specified

Has anyone ever said to you – well, at least it’s not cancer? For Babs, it is cancer.

Best Story of a D-mistake

It wasn’t the day the music died, but on Holly’s blog it was the day the DexCom died.

Best Motivational Post

It started with a tweet and turned into a blog post. Jess helps to show us the power of just five words.

Best Diabetes Art

Since September contained Diabetes Art Day, I thought for sure the Best Diabetes Art would be posted on that day but a different day brought out the best. Jeff’s poems on September 11th are beautiful and painful to read.

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Thank you to those in the diabetes community who nominated posts this month including:
Joanne
Brian
Jess
Cherise
Dave (Sowerbee)
Caroline
Briley
Kim
Robbie
Martin
Bob Pedersen

According to the random number generator, Robbie (who is the parent of a child with diabetes and a “faithful blog reader”) has won the PAK BARA organizer. Additionally, I put the 14 categories listed above into the random number generator and Bob will also receive a free PAK BARA organizer. I will forward your information to PAK BARA so you both can pick your design. Congratulations!

There are only fourteen posts featured above, but THIRTY ONE blogs received nominations this month! Be sure to check out all of these great blogs too!
A Consequence of Hypoglycemia
Arden’s Day
Arnold and Me
Bab’s Blog
Bitter-Sweet
Brenda Bell on dlife
C’s Life With D
Canadian D-gal
Climbing Diabetes
DeeJay’s ‘Betes
Diabetesaliciousness
Diabetically Speaking
Every Day Ups and Downs, A Diabetes Blog
Instructions Not Included
Jeff Mather’s Dispatches
LADA Life
Lisa From Scratch
Me and D
Moments of Wonderful
Our Diabetic Life
RFamHere’s Ramblings
Six Until Me
Strangely Diabetic
Sweet Success: My life with Type 2 Diabetes
T Minus Two
Tales of Rachel
Texting My Pancreas
The Tales of Princess Mikkimoto
The We CARA Lot Blog
Typical Type 1
Victoria Cumbow
with a side of insulin

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If you are one of the Best ‘Betes Blogs for this month and would like to add a badge to your blog, you can find the information for the badge below.

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Can’t wait to see what you guys will find in October! Remember to continue to submit your nominations to bestbetesblogs@gmail.com.

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Time to nominate – and enter the giveaway

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Exciting news for the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs this month! We are pleased to have our first sponsor offering a giveaway! Please read the entire post to find out more!

As in previous months, between today (September 21st) and next Wednesday (September 28th) review the posts you have read this month from around the diabetes community. Find your favorite posts in the following 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 New category (Sept 2011)

Send your nominations to bestbetesblogs@gmail.com. Then visit http://bestbetesblogs.com to see the “best” on October 1st. Remember, our goal is to find posts and bloggers that don’t get the attention they deserve so it is VERY important that we have nominations from across the diabetes community.

#bestbetesblogs

As a bonus this month, we have a great sponsor for the September Best of the ‘Betes Blogs.

PAK BARA began as a company designing a compact, lightweight, fashionable daily organizer. The mother of a child with diabetes found their product and a new connection was born. The organizer has a low-profile and comes with either a clip, arm band, or leg band so it is great for carrying your diabetes supplies during exercise. “Even before their official launch, PAK BARA served as an elite sponsor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in 2009 and 2010 to express their support for the diabetes community and long into the future.” (source)

PAK BARA designs

I met Karen, one of the co-founders, at Friends for Life 2011 and I can assure you that they are truly interested in helping the diabetes community. PAK BARA also has a partnership with GlucoBrands so the giveaway winners will receive GlucoBrands samples as well.

Since nominating is as important (if not MORE) than being chosen as one of the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs, PAK BARA will be providing their product to those who nominate and those who are featured in the October 1st post.

PAK BARA with pump
One winner will be chosen at random from among those who nominate and one will be chosen at random from among the posts that are featured.

Good luck everyone! Thank you for continuing to help us find the BEST!

PAK BARA for diabetes

Disclosure: All opinions expressed in this post are exclusively my own and I have not been paid for my content. The PAK BARA organizers are a $32.99 value and will be sent directly from the company to the giveaway winners.

A three ring community circus

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Another great list of blogs for this month’s 3rd edition of the Best of the Betes Blogs. Thank you to all of you who are writing great posts and making the selection process so difficult and to those of you who are helping us find these great posts.

Best Use of Humor

Kim from “Texting my Pancreas” made us laugh as she reminded us of all the Awkward Moments with Diabetes.

Best Vlog

Emma and her “Big Purple Duck” share some Good News!

Best Recipe

Are you looking for something new to treat your low blood sugars? Check out Pearlsa’s recipe for honeycomb toffee on “A Girl’s Reflections.”

Best Use of Photography

Meredith “fancynancymer” lets the pictures do the talking “with a side of insulin” in her post about ice cream.

Best Advocacy

This month was full of advocacy efforts in the community including Scott’s visit to his Congressman for the JDRF – Promise To Remember Me campaign.

Best Story of a D Meet-up

Thinking of trying a meet-up? Moira encourages you to just DO IT: Finding some sanity in this crazy D world on her blog “despitediabetes.”

Best non-D Related Post

Martin is “Diabetically Speaking” as he tells a great story of a customer service representative going the extra mile looking for the right card to help George’s aunt get well soon.

Best Post by a Type 1

Even if it is “what some would call lies,” according to Mike, this is the one that says diabetes is like breastfeeding.

Best Post by a Type 2

In one of the great “Tales of Rachel” she encourages us to seek new opportunites for exercise by breaking down WildFit.

Best Post by a Type Awesome

Joanne gave me the chills and almost brought me to tears on her blog “Death of a Pancreas” describing how for her daughter she is her Sam.

Best Post by a LADA/ Type 1.5/ Not otherwise specified

Ashley Rose from “Tales of SWAGing” explains that not all diabetes (or its symptoms) is created equally in her post about lizard spit.

Best Motivational Post

Are you frustrated by those numerals that you see on your meter or CGM screen? Brian reminds us they are only numbers on his blog “(Buzz, Buzz) No it’s not my cell phone.”

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In a special category submitted this month, we are adding a new category of Best Diabetes Art.

George “Ninjabetic” was a little shy about including this category seeing how many of you nominated his beautiful poem Blue Candlelight throughout the categories listed above.

We hope this additional category will help you nominate all the great posts for Diabetes Art Day.

Here is a list of all the others who nominated BBB posts and those who were nominated. Go check them out!

Moments of Wonderful
Robyn
Me and D
inDpendence
Our Diabetic Life
C’s Life with D
Diabetesaliciousness
Six Until Me
T Minus Two
A Consequence of Hypoglycemia
Bad Pancreas

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If you are one of the Best ‘Betes Blogs for this month and would like to add a badge to your blog, you can find the information for the badge below.

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Can’t wait to see what you guys are reading in September! Remember to submit your nominations to bestbetesblogs@gmail.com.

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Two posts today!

It’s Diabetes Art Day!

You can see my attempt here!

Best of the ‘Betes Blogs – Third Times the Charm

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This month I started using Google Reader – I was doing it old-school with browser bookmarks before – and I have my entries starred and ready to nominate.

What did you read this month that inspired you, made you laugh, made you cry, or made you think?

Remember to include the category you would like to nominate the post in and include the link to the specific post you are nominating as well as the category.

As always, the categories are:

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

Until the 28th send your nominations to bestbetesblogs@gmail.com and visit http://bestbetesblogs.com on September 1st to see the winners.

#bestbetesblogs

George has the best…

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Today is August first.

First of all, where did summer go?

Second of all, that means that today is the second edition of the Best of the Betes Blogs.

It was so exciting to see the increase in nominations this month! I hope people are enjoying reading more blogs and getting to know more of the people in the diabetes online community.

So, go visit George to read the “Best”

#bestbetesblogs

Best of the ‘Betes Blogs – 1st edition

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When George and I first started planning this project, we were not sure if it would be successful. It is obviously not a project we can tackle alone – it requires the help of the entire diabetes community.

Thanks to the nominations of members throughout the community, we are proud to bring you the Best of the June ‘Betes Blogs.

Best Use of Humor

Jacquie “Bad Pancreas” says “I Can Explain”.

Best Vlog

Camp Sioux knows that “You Can Do This”.

Best Recipe

Nikki from “Diabetes and Celiac Sunshine” brings us a great recipe for a Quinoa Confetti Salad.

Best Use of Photography

With an “extreme cuteness alert” from the nominator Penny from “A Sweet Grace” shares life with D in pictures.

Best Advocacy

The best advocacy is of course found in Kim “Texting My Pancreas” You Can Do This project.

Best Reference to a D-Celebrity

Blunt Lancet makes an appear on “Not My Cell Phone” when Quinn submits lyrics.

Best Story of a D Meet-up

In a late addition, “Type 1 Advocate Gramma” shares about how she was able to recently meet some of her heros.

Best non-D Related Post

“Jeff Mather’s Dispatches” recent post doesn’t have anything to do with diabetes but it does have something to do with him being an amazing triathlete – on Wednesdays at 6 AM.

Best Post by a Type 1

Elizabeth from “Type 1 at 30” tells a familiar story of glucose tabs and tightropes.

Best Post by a Type 2

Bob Pedersen asks for a few points for his healthy steps on T Minus Two.

Best Post by a Type Awesome

With proof that diabetes affects everyone in the family, Type Awesome Pam at “Wicked Sweet” describes the fallout of diabetes on a Type Awesome Little Sister.

Best Motivational Post

Melissa E from “In the Short Rows” shares her motivation with a set of lousy lessons.

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If you are one of the Best ‘Betes Blogs for this month and would like to add a badge to your blog, you can find the information for the badge below.

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Thank you everyone who participated in the June edition of Best of the ‘Betes Blogs. A big shout to everyone who nominated posts and received excellent nominations on their behalf.

Kim
Kelly
Scott
Briley
Wendy
Sherry
Scully

Author note: As I drafted this post I noticed this is the 400th post on Moments of Wonderful! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate!!

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