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Monday, September 24, 2012

Diabetes Art Day 2012

I love diabetes art day. It’s my favorite DOC event. 

This year, I had the “brilliant” idea of letting the kids paint with insulin syringes. 

Unless Jack is giving himself a shot (which rarely happens now that he's pumping insulin), syringes are off-limits for the kids. So, Madeline and Jack jumped at the opportunity to suck up and inject paint. 

Unfortunately, the idea didn’t pan out as expected. We couldn’t suck up any paint! Ooh, were we all disappointed!

Still wanting to paint, Madeline and Jack quickly came up with plan B. They yanked out the syringe plungers and used them as paint brushes.

Madeline took a traditional route. 

Jack paid homage to Jackson Pollock and had a blast with the “drip and splash” method.

While the kids were doing that, I got into the art day spirit, sculpting a meter out of left-over salt dough. (This morning, Jack made a salt dough map of our state for a school project.)

I snagged a little of the kids’ paint and decorated my meter, too.

I said it before, but I’ll say it again: I love diabetes art day!

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Lately, it seems sadness, stress, and heartache have surrounded us in the DOC*. I'm not talking about the usual: highs, lows, ketones, insurance battles, back-to-school stuff, and so on. I'm talking about new diagnoses, losing loved ones, and serious health scares. Too many horrible, life-changing, upsetting-beyond-words events have struck the DOC in recent weeks.              

Yet, the outpouring of support has been incredible. I feel so proud of the DOC, and I'm thankful to be a part of it. The DOC knows how to rally around its peeps.

In blogs and on Facebook and Twitter, I'm seeing prayers offered for comfort, peace, strength, and healing. I'm seeing donations made and gifts sent. I'm seeing positive energy, good vibes, and good thoughts put forth into the universe. I’m seeing encouragement coming from all angles. I’m seeing strangers helping others. I'm seeing kindness, caring, and advocacy. I'm seeing true friendship. I'm seeing love.

Way to go, DOC!

*DOC = diabetes online community

Saturday, September 8, 2012

For Meri, With Love

This isn’t the post I’d planned for my re-entry into the blogosphere. But, this seems fitting given that my last post focused on my friend Meri and her husband Ryan. 

Many of my friends outside of the DOC have asked about Ryan.

It breaks my heart to share that Ryan lost his battle against cancer last Sunday, September 2nd.

I can’t begin to tell you the sadness I feel. 

I’ve been struggling all week to write something in memory of Ryan and in support of Meri and their four boys either here or on Facebook. No words seem adequate. 

So I will keep it short. Meri, M, J, B and L, you’re in my heart, in my thoughts, and in my prayers. I’m sending love, lots of love, and as you lay your wonderful husband and father to rest today, I’ll be there with you in spirit. I truly wish I could be there with you in person.

When Ryan’s battle first began, a fundraiser was created to help with the Schuhmachers’ expenses. Meri and the boys still need that help. Please consider giving. No amount is too small, and all donations will be deeply appreciated. If you can help in any way, please visit the Give Forward site below. Thank you! 

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