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Friday, January 7, 2011


Welcome to 2011!

I have to tell you that I didn't plan for my first post of the year to be an 

I really wanted to start the New Year, thanking everyone for the support they showed 
Candy Hearts in the 2010 DOC Awards.

I'm feeling overwhelmingly humbled to have been awarded the 
2010 Best Blog Design!
WOW!  Thank you SO MUCH!
I'm genuinely honored, my friends!

I would like to thank Dotty Dot Dot for her help.  
If not for her, I wouldn't have all these snazzy Candy Hearts "blog accessories".  
You see, I really don't know anything about all that fancy dancy computer stuff! 
Shhhh...don't tell anyone.  Let's keep that on the down low, okay?

Yes, I am very honored and will display my badge proudly...
But the award isn't the only thing causing my heart to swell with pride.

I'm honored to share your journey.
Each of you.
That's why I started Candy Hearts.
I felt a need to connect with others who truly understood what this life is like.
And that's how I found you.

And you have...
opened your arms
listened to me ramble
prayed for me
encouraged me
and shared your stories.
For all of that, my friends, I am most honored.

This week, the Type 1 community banded together after Ricki Lake had a slip of the tongue on live television, and implied that "Juvenile Diabetes" is preventable.


What happened next was a demonstration of teamwork would make any coach proud.
Within a few short hours, Ricki was issuing an apology and trying to make a correction all over the internet.
I spoke to one of her representatives, and my impression after our conversation was that Team Ricki really wanted to do everything possible to acknowledge the mistake and rectify it.
She went on to give a live statement during her interview on the Joy Behar show.

The T1 community appreciated her efforts, 
but felt that Good Morning America needed to take action as well.  


Tsk. Tsk, GMA.  You COMPLETELY ignored us.

And it didn't sit well.
T1 supporters sprung into action.
E-mails, comments, tweets, blogs, phone calls...
I was unable to do much in that campaign, but it was AMAZING to watch it unfold.

DianeBridgit, Linda, Allyson, Rhianna, Debbie, Dana, Kristie...oh the list goes on and on and on...
You guys were ON IT!

GMA (or anyone else, for that matter) WILL NOT IGNORE OUR T1 KIDS!

This morning, at 8 am, I listened as Ju Ju Chang read an on-air statement correcting the mistake.


I was SO PROUD of my peeps.

I'll tell ya what...
I am HONORED to have y'all in our corner.

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  1. Hey Congrats! And I couldn't agree with you more - it's nice to feel supported and know that there are so many like minded individuals out there, people we've never "met" but really know.
    Have a fabulous weekend.

  2. I have recently discovered the community of Type 1 Moms blogging. I thought I was the only one who struggled with negative feelings over the misconceptions. I even thought I was the only one dealing with the misconceptions. How relieved I am to know I am not going crazy! I look forward to receiving some support and strength by reading your blog. God Bless.

  3. Wendy, Congratulations on the Best Blog Design award! YOU totally deserve it! You are an inspiration to so many through your blog!!!

    And yes, I was also so proud of all of you D Mama's leading the pack this week. Way to go!!

  4. Yep...ditto with the above comments. Well deserved award and yes, the d moms and the DOC rallied. We are making our presence known. Now to unify our campaign for type 1 funding and education!!! per Laura Houston's post and we are gonna ROCK IT.

  5. P.S. The design of your blog is fantastic and thank you for welcoming me to the blogging world a year ago with open arms friend...

  6. YEAH!!!!!!!! So happy to hear you won that title! I love your color scheme and smile every time I see the heart flower cause I know you are behind it and will have something good to say.

    So happy to be among such wonderful Peeps!!!!!!!

    Choosing 'Joy' in 2011, Amy

  7. I am full of admiration for what the D-community have done for our kids. So well done everyone. Diane and y'all are my heroes!
    Andrew Budd (dad of Frank, 54 months, diagnosed 27 months, yes he's now half and half.....)

  8. Congratulations - loving me some Candy Hears!!
    and loving me some DOC!!


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