Our Love of the DOC

In the beginning…Jackie and I were real trailblazers back in the day. What I mean is, before there was the grand awesomeness that is today known as the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) we were co-hosting and moderating webchats (yes, like an actual chatroom boys and girls), where we would conduct live interviews with doctors/researchers and other diabetes professionals and guests around the country would log on and talk amongst each other too (it was called “Diabetes Teen Talk” with Allison Nimlos) and for that hour, we all felt connected.

I mean pre-Twitter, pre-facebook, pre-Tumblr, sort of mini DOC era, our followers, the two of us (and the Diabetic Angels) and Allison, truly enjoyed this weekly communication and it was so fulfilling to witness diabetics and their friends and family being helped, encouraged, informed and empowered during that hour because of these simple little ‘chats.’ 

As you may know, that has grown into an entire community of people with diabetes, their family members and friends. We are so grateful to have been such a small yet integral part of shaping what the DOC is today and have loved watching it progress into countless twitter meet ups, Twitter Chats on Wednesdays, (#dsma on Twitter) and entire conferences (those conferences by the way, the people who attend – are representing all of the DOC out there.)  Have you read these Blogs that reach thousands of people every day? Kerri, Scott, Naomi, Allison, Michael, Amy, George, and sooooooo many more. So many blogs – that DiabetesDaily was created so that people could keep track of all of the blogs out there related to diabetes! (wow!)  

Without all of them and their support to so many, I don’t know where I would be. For example, Naomi Kingery is the reason I started blogging. I didn’t grow up or go to school with other people who had diabetes, other than attending the JDRF Children’s Congress, so Naomi was one of the first “people like me” I could find when I was looking for other people out there writing about diabetes and going through the same things I was going through. Her positive outlook on life and living with her diabetes was so inspiring and uplifting, I am forever  thankful, Naomi! She’s now an author of “The Sugar Free Series.” And that is the reason I still blog, because I know there are people out there going through the same things I am, and maybe I can help them. Even if its just with a comment on something they wrote. 

But it isn’t just the famous DOC bloggers that are a part of the DOC.  The Diabetic Online Community are ALL OF US! We’re all a family! All of us diabetics out there looking for support, advice, how-to’s, or just people who want to vent. 

It’s amazing and worthy of a big round of applause, for these are no small feat! For any blogger reading this, know that we truly admire and support everyone and your dedication involved in building the DOC… we hope you can feel the love from our keyboard to yours! 

P.S. If you’re proud to say that we were there contributing like us in the beginning, please like this post and/or tell us your story, we’d love to hear about your experiences! 

Connect with us! We’d love to welcome you and announce to the world you’re out there!  Making connections and commenting back to each other is SO important, so turn your replies on, your ask buttons, comments from disqus, whatever you need to do, give us all a way to comment! Let us know about your blog or Twitter name! Reply to this or @reply someone on twitter! (mine is @curemoll)

And if you’re feeling left out of the DOC, why? What are some things we can do??

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November’s Diabetes Awareness Month “Photo-A-Day”

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Since it’s the last day of November, here is my 30 day collection of November’s Diabetes Awareness Month “Photo-a-Day!” Enjoy all in one blog post! Click through to see all pictures…and more! 

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#day1 – Past. 
Throwback to when Jackie and I won the the Most Caring Young American Award in Washington, D.C. Such an honor for the Diabetic Angels and us to be recognized.

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#day2 #Check
During a trip to Nashville, I had to change my site in the car because when I checked my blood sugar, it was so high and i discovered that my pump had come out and I hadn’t been delivering insulin for the whole morning. Not fun, but a new experience! Changing my site in the car! 🙂 

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#day3 #snacks
Grabbing a snack while the four of us rollerbladed in Newport Beach, California! 

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#day4 #day20 #day19 #proud #healthy #chronic
Celebrating 20 years of good health and living with a chronic disease.  

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#day5 #advocate
Jackie and I speaking on the stops of the Capitol advocating the need for more funding for diabetes research. 

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#day6 #day9 #relationship #support
The relationship the four of us in MJ2 is so special! Having the support from my sister, mother, and aunt means the world to me, and I cherish that every day!!! 

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#day8 #organization
The Diabetic Angels is an organization we formed when we were in 4th grade after experiencing discrimination…and the Diabetic Angels were created to help reduce the ignorance and fear…and to teach our friends and family about diabetes, how to use glucagon, what to do in an emergency, and so many other things. We’ve gone from fax machines to a website since we’ve started, and we will continue to forge ahead until there’s a cure!

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#day10 #exercise
Getting some exercise and rollerblading with my family!

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#day11 #play
Playing guitar on stage with my family…LOVE!

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#day12 #work
Working on a new MJ2 song….always songwriting, practicing, learning, and rehearsing! 

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#day13 #awareness
Helping spread awareness when Jackie and I were on Good Morning America for several GMA Video Diaries when we were younger…showing people what it’s like to live with diabetes on a daily basis. 

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#day14 #WDD
We’ve shut down the site on World Diabetes Day to protest on behalf of all diabetics, the fact that there is NO CURE! 

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#day15 #alert
My latest a1c!!!! 7.2!!! SO HAPPY about this! It’s been a stressful few years and my a1c’s have been higher than I wanted, so 7.2 is a huge step in the right direction!

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#day16 #blood
Well….sometimes when I poke my finger, 2 holes decide to bleed. So i made a smiley face and saw the bright side of this weird moment!

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#day17 #doc
Meeting Kerri Morrone-Sparling in New York City, she is such an inspiration to me and a huge part of the “DOC” (Diabetic Online Community)

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#day18 #frustration
Pure frustration when you find out your site came out at the Rodeo…when you’re not home or have an extra supply of insulin. Not cool. 

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#day21 #sweet
Celebrating my “20th Diabetic Anniversary” with something sweet!!! 

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#day22 #happy
HAPPY about my blood sugar being 98 when I was at the beach, PURE JOY RIGHT THERE!

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#day23 #diagnosis
The night before I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. 

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#day24 #cure

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#day25 #wishlist
This is a drawing my sister drew when we were in grade school…..the picture says it all.

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#day26 #day28 #healthcare #necessary
The necessary healthcare supplies I need every day.

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#day29 #travel
My idea of packing/storing lots and lots of glucose tablets….read my tutorial here.

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#day30 #future
My future is to be cured of diabetes.

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DIABETIC ANGELS RISE UP

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As most of you know, MJ2 and the Diabetic Angels are HUGE supporters of the Diabetes Community and Research, and like most people in the DOC, we too are wearing blue, not because it’s our favorite color, but because it’s a state of mind. With that said, The Diabetic Angels’ website has shut down in protest! After years and years, there is still NO CURE for diabetes!  25.8 million people STILL have diabetes.  We’ve shut down the site on World Diabetes Day to protest on behalf of all diabetics, the fact that there is NO CURE. 

While we’re grateful to Dr. Banting, researchers, and the entire diabetic community for their tireless effort, governments and people around the world must unite to cure this devastating global disease.  Still don’t have a cure, still need insulin to survive, still need to prick our fingers, still have complications. “Still Have Diabetes” must become “Used To Have Diabetes!”

Join the Diabetic Angels in our protest and make your voice heard!  – follow us on twitterlike us on Facebook – instagram – subscribe

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The DOC Rocks! [updated]

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Such a fun night hanging out with @ninjabetic, @scottkjohnson, @1LittlePrick, @sugar_nova, @mj2jackiej!!! What a great DOC Meetup!  

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And we FINALLY met Manny Hernandez from TuDiabetes (@askmanny on Twitter)! He is SO cool! And a special thanks for always being so helpful, you guys rock!! 🙂 

[UPDATED]

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The next night, Jackie and I met Naomi Kingery!!!! She was the first diabetic blogger I ever talked to, and it feels like we’ve been through everything together!  We’re so happy to have finally met Naomi and it was really nice to be able to hang out and talk for a little bit!! 🙂 She is such an inspiration, and like you said Naomi, if we lived in the same city, we would be best friends! 🙂 Look out for her book coming very soon! Check out her “Sugar Free Series at livetolovediabetes.com

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Bill from 1HappyDiabetic, Manny Hernandez from TuDiabetes, Me, and Jackie! 🙂 

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Me, Ginger Vieira, and Jackie!  We’ve heard so many good things about Ginger and that night we finally met in person! 🙂 We talked a lot about exercising and diabetes, basal rates, carbs and protein, and so much more!  🙂 haha Thanks so much for all of your advice! 🙂 

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The big group picture! 🙂 Manny, David Edelman, Jackie, Mollie, Allison, Bill, Ginger, and Elizabeth Edelman! 

Meeting and hanging out with members of the Diabetic Online Community is always so much fun, and hopefully we can do this again soon! 🙂 

Pictures on Flickr!  and Facebook! 🙂 Feel free to tag yourself on Facebook! 🙂 

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