Starting Today…

As you probably know by now, November is American Diabetes Month®.

On Friday I asked you to pinky-promise me that you would blog about diabetes each and every day of November.  The time has come – each and every day starts today!

Maybe you have a blog somewhere that you can turn toward a diabetes focus today.  Maybe you blog about diabetes each and every day anyway, so this is no big deal. Maybe you just figured out what that silly sounding word “blog” means, but want to try it anyway.

Whatever your reason, I hope you’ll join me in blogging about diabetes every day of November. Five things you should know as you get started:

  1. Sometimes I can only think about one thing to say about diabetes, other times I can think of a zillion things to say about diabetes.  To help you out with any cases of writer’s block, I went ahead and wrote up a list of diabetes blog topic suggestions.  You don’t have to follow them, but if you’re stuck for ideas, feel free to check it out here.
  2. If you’re new to blogging, you are welcome to create a blog on the American Diabetes Association’s online community, ADA Connect. You can sign up and get started here.
  3. I will be blogging every day of American Diabetes Month, too – only not every post will show up here.  Instead, on the days I don’t post on this blog, I will be posting only where this blog lives on ADA Connect – so check it out!
  4. Thinking about participating? Let us know! We’d like to build a blogroll for Diabetes Stops HereSM based on the people who participate in this 30 Days of Diabetes Blogging! Drop us an email at and send us the link to your blog so we can check it out! (See more information about this here)
  5. To infinity and beyond! Don’t limit yourself to only blogging about diabetes during American Diabetes Month.  You and I both know there’s no break from diabetes – it’s a 24/7/365 disease – and even 366 days in a leap year!

So start thinking about what you’ll post about today, post about tomorrow, and what it is about diabetes that you want to share with the world.  I’m eager to hear it – let’s all work to bring American Diabetes Month to the blogosphere!

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15 Responses to Starting Today…

  1. Chelsea Autio says:

    I started my blog today- And didn’t nearly say enough or all that I wanted to. I have set my Facebook status to let all my family and friends know about my commitment to blog for 30 days. I just lost my father on October 16, 2010 to Type 1 diabetes and the pain is as fresh as ever. I pledge, in his honor and memory, to make a LIFELONG commitment to spreading awareness and aiding in the research, costs, and prevention where and when I can.

    I have asked my family and friends to join me as well, but let them know they don’t have to blog. Instead, I am asking them to make ONE good choice about their health tomorrow. Whether it’s to take a walk, make a healthier meal choice, donate their extra Halloween candy or smoke one less cigarette. It’s so easy to say, “I’ll start tomorrow….” But when “Tomorrow” doesn’t come, what will your excuse be then?

    In Memory and Honor of Craig R. Autio- 6-2-1957: 10-16-2010

    • Wendy Ross says:

      Chelsea, sorry for the loss of your father! He was so young (only a few months older than my older brother!!)! Praying for healing for your heart….

    • Amanda Darr says:

      Chelsea, I’m very sorry for the loss of your father. I too lost my father on February 22, 2004 to Juvenile Diabetes. He was only 55. Six years later, the pain is still there and as real as it was 6 years ago. I did the Walk for the Cure the first 3 years after he passed but haven’t not done so lately. As you stated, I too pledge, in his honor and memory, to make a LIFELONG commitment to spreading awareness and aiding in the research, costs, and prevention where and when I can.

  2. Sarah Jane says:

    Dayle! Dayle! I am blogging! Every day!! 😀

  3. Traci Murray says:

    This is such a great idea! I love it. A wonderful way to reach out and connect with more people!!

    Chelsea, i am sorry to hear about your father! My mother is about the same age and that is too young to be taken away!! I admire your commitment!


  4. Asia Higginson says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of family members due to diabetes. I am a young mother (only 26) of a Type 1 diabetic daughter named Taylor. She was diagnosed with diabetes at only 16 months old, and we nearly lost her then due to DKA. She was extremely sick and to make a long story short we went from 3 different hospitals in about 3 hours, the last time she was life flighted out of the state to an AMAZING childrens hospital, after a week in the hospital we were able to take home our daughter, it was like taking home a new baby, it was very scary. However we recently got her on an insulin pump and we are going strong. She is a happy, healthy almost 3 year old, and we will not lose this battle with this horrific disease. We will fight until there is a cure!!

  5. Naomi Ruth Verdudo says:

    I am sorry you just lost your Dad… I lost a good friend In Feb. 2009 to complications of being Diabetic. I was just diagnosed in October with Type 2 Diabetes. I attended my 1st class today on learning to live with this. I learned so much just in the first day! God Bless You

  6. Yvonne Leon says:

    I was just diagnosed last week with type 2 diabetes. I’m really sorry for your family loss. I am doing diet and exercise since I’m really concerned with this condition. I have posted in my facebook so all my family and friends will make conscience and support this cause. God bless you all!!!

  7. Laura says:

    My best friend’s daughter has type 1 diabetes. She recently moved out of the house and no one has insurance. She couldn’t afford her insulin and is in the ICU for ketoacidosis. I want to know how we can help all those with type 1 without insurance (or even just without money for the co-pays with insurance!) to get the insulin they need. It is ridiculous that so many people can get free or $4.00 meds for various things, but a type 1 diabetic has to pay $100.00 for a vial of insulin that they need to stay alive.

  8. I have self induced diabetes..type 2…Last week I made the choice to lose 30 lbs to start (that’s what I gained this over 2 years) My doctor suggested Medifast so I am going to try it.

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  10. Penny says:

    I was diagnosed with type II last week. I mostly have no idea what I am doing. I was tested twice, emailed the result, saw the doctor, was prescribed a meter, and told to try to eat better. Everything is very vague. My mom has type II, but she eats terribly because she is on Metformet, so there is not much to be learned there. I know I need to lose at least 30 lbs. I could do more, but I have gained about 30 in the last 2 years. I am hope it will go into remission if I do that, but it is easier said than done. I have a lot of studying to do. I have struggled for years with huge carb cravings, especially at night. I over-eat at night. I know that is my biggest food issue. I once lost 70 lbs on a low-carb diet and coming off carbs made me shake and sweat. This told me I have major carb/sugar issues. After 3 days I got better. I think it can be like a drug addiction. I want to study more about insulin resistance too. I have a lot to learn. I need a class. 🙂

  11. Wendy says:

    I just found my over here via the intro to Karen G’s post that I was about to start reading…wanted to let you know that I didn’t know anything about this challenge BUT I *DID* blog every day in November 2010 🙂 Check it out!

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