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Sunday, May 15, 2011

DBlogWeek: Day 7 - What We've Learned

MONDAY -- Admiring Our Differences.

Today I learned that PWD (Person With Diabetes) bloggers consider parent bloggers a vital part of the DOC (Diabetes Online Community).  I found incredible encouragement through the words of people who have diabetes themselves.  I read post after post that made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and reinforced what an honor it is to author Candy Hearts alongside so many amazing people.

Today I reaffirmed that PWD bloggers don't bite, and there's no reason to think they won't value a parent's perspective.

TUESDAY -- Letter Writing Day.

The emotions of yesterday left me identifying specifically with the letters written by adults with Type 1 to their younger-selves today...and...WHEW!  It was emotional.  As I read their words, I could see my daughter weaved in and out of the lines...I couldn't help but to imagine what our future holds -- what HER future holds.  When my mind fast forwarded to the present day, I stood in awe at the wonderful people I've met on this journey.

Today I was reminded that children with diabetes do, indeed, grow up to become adults with diabetes and, as far as I can tell, most of them turn out okay (for the most part...I think their parents do too!)

WEDNESDAY -- Diabetes Bloopers.

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today I learned that I'm not the only one who makes stOOpid, you know, forgetting that my daughter's life depends on insulin and showing up at a potluck without any.  Okay.  It wasn't funny in that moment.  OOPS.

THURSDAY -- Ten Things I Hate About YOU, Diabetes.

Well, first of all...this would be the day that Blogger wigged out.  Not cool.  As a result, the wildcard I played today is nowhere to be found.  Off in cyber space, I guess.  Aside from that, today was very eye opening.  What one person doesn't think of as being that big of a deal, someone else totally can't stand.  It was interesting to read the thoughts of others, and somewhat liberating to witness the release people were feeling as they bashed diabetes as much or as little as their (candy) heart's desired, without the fear of judgment or guilt that is often associated with outwardly displaying such difficult emotions.

Well, almost.

Today I learned that some non-d-blogging members of the DOC were disturbed that one of this week's topics focused on something they perceived as negative.  That being said, in the end, I don't think it wouldn't have mattered if another topic stood in place of this one -- the bottom line is that they just don't care for the blogging platform...and, perhaps, some of the authors who write them.    

FRIDAY -- Awesome Things.

A fitting topic for Friday the 13th!  Friends, the blogging community of the DOC is made up of some AMAZING people.  Seriously...if you were feeling bummed about yesterday's topic, then today's should have cheered, inspired, and motivated your soul!

Today I learned that impossible doesn't exist.

SATURDAY - Saturday Snapshots.

From funny to serious, and everything in between, today's topic was probably my favorite.  I LOVE pictures.  I consider it a privilege when someone shares a picture with me.  It's like they have a little door on their heart, and they're inviting me inside to share little piece of their soul.  I have a heart for ALL people, and I enjoy seeing pictures of their lives in action.

Today I learned that, behind the computer screens, so much is the same.

Before I go, I'd like to share a video that Mike put together as a way to thank Karen for the time and dedication it must have taken in order to make DBlogWeek 2011 such a huge success...

Here are the links to check out ALL of the posts from DBlogWeek 2011:  

Day 1 -- Admiring Our Differences

Day 2 -- Letter Writing Day

Day 3 -- Diabetes Bloopers

Day 4 -- Ten Things I Hate About YOU, Diabetes

Day 5 -- Awesome Things

Day 6 -- Saturday Snapshots

Day 7 -- What We've Learned

Wildcard -- D-Myths

Wildcard -- Step Outside the Box

From My Candy Heart to Yours,

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  1. I love that you addressed what you learned from each day Wendy. What a wonderful way to handle the topic. I learned a lot too. What a wonderful week of CrAzY Blogging Madness. I am taking a "Blogcation" for a day or two. I am pooped! xoxo

  2. It was so super cool. Last year this time I was only lurking and not blogging yet. I remember being amazed.

  3. I love when you sum every thing up so nicely!! Great post

  4. That was a great post! I am glad to be a part of this week and meeting so many new people!

  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on each day's topic. Parents of kids with diabetes do grow up to be just fine (ask my parents) and kids with diabetes grow up to be fine parents (ask my kids) :)!

  6. Wendy - you are a rockstar! i enjoyed the week, but I too found it funny that there was a complaint about the "ten things" post - I guess it's the harsh word "hate" that gets people riled up, but come on?! I truly believe that there are some folks out there that are just feeling left out so instead of joining in either by commenting or starting their own blog they complain - pooh pooh to them!
    And again BRAVO to you :)

  7. I have to admit, I'm still really hurt hearing about the hoopla over Thursday's topic. While I certainly respect everyone's rights to their own opinion, I do hope they realize why I chose one day to talk about what we don't like about diabetes - because while I am a firm believer of looking at the positive, I also think we need to share the realness, the struggles, the not so good about living with this disease too. Otherwise, we can't complain when the general public thinks it's easy to live with diabetes and that insulin is a cure and no more money needs to be raised. And that is why the Thursday topic was written.

    Phew, end rant!! Maybe I need to do a post about this on my own blog.


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