Shameless Plug, and Why the OC Matters

So I struggled with my conscience for several days over whether to do the “vote for me” post. That is, nominations are in for the first annual Diabetes Blog Choice Awards — organized by our own energetic Allison Blass, thank you! — and I am moved to find I’m nominated in five different categories.Blogchoice

There is no money, and no tangible prizes involved. But simply being nominated so many times is just about the coolest “thank you” I can think of for nearly a year of bustin’ my behind blogging about diabetes — all of these readers and fellow D-bloggers taking the time to submit DiabetesMine!

And what I realized as well is that what is truly inspirational is the fact that there are enough of us now to warrant an Online Community site and an Awards Program at all. Geez, there must be more than 30 new diabetes blogs since I started publishing here. New ones seem to pop up every week, to the point where I’ve left off trying to announce every single one the minute it appears. Whew!

Just imagine what’s going through Kathleen Weaver’s mind: the pioneer, who started Living with Diabetes YEARS before most of us knew what a “blog” was. And look at us now! We’re quite the diverse community of personal diabetes publishers.

And I don’t think of us as “patients,” btw, so much as a bunch of people touched by diabetes.

Which brings me to a related anecdote I’ve been meaning to share. Our neighbors’ daughter down the street, a gal who used to babysit for us a few years ago (!), now has a nice career started in one of the major pharma companies providing diabetes drugs (to remain anonymous). In any case, now that she is all grown up as a “medical professional” dealing with diabetes, she sends cute little encouraging glances and phrases my way whenever we happen to meet.

Just the other day, jogging on our local nature trail, I bumped into her running with a male friend. “Ah, there’s that diabetes patient trying to exercise,” she must have thought, because she called out: “Good job, Erin!” Now nevermind that she can’t remember my @#$!% name, but her little cheer came just as I was passing the two of them, as they were huffing and puffing to make it up the hill. “For God’s sake, I’m half your weight, and I was teaching aerobics at grad school when you were in third grade!,” I thought. “So don’t patronize me just because I have diabetes.”

Know what I mean? Yeah, I bet many of you do. So thanks for just being out there, Diabetes Community. I love you all. Now go vote!

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6 Responses

  1. Living With Diabetes
    Living With Diabetes December 19, 2005 at 8:46 am | | Reply

    OC Choice Awards

    Diabetes Mine: Shameless Plug, and Why the OC Matters Thank you Amy, for the nice mention on your website. Yes, I agree that the OC Choice Awards are kind of neat. For a very long time, I’ve been the only…

  2. Scott Strumello
    Scott Strumello December 19, 2005 at 11:55 am | | Reply

    Its a sad commentary when people remember us for things like this. My comment to this woman would have been “I know, and if you keep it up, you can be as thin as I am!!”. I have no patience for this kind of stupidity, and the only appropriate response is one which makes the person feel stupid!

  3. Shannon Lewis
    Shannon Lewis December 19, 2005 at 12:33 pm | | Reply

    Hi Amy,

    It’s been a while since I’ve commented here. Before you said that she was patronizing you, I was thinking, where does that little chicky get off patronizing you like that? LOL.

    Things have changed in the blogging world. I’m glad to see it’s opening up more.

  4. Bethany
    Bethany December 19, 2005 at 10:31 pm | | Reply

    yeah, that’s funny – I know just what you mean. maybe this is a little off base but I feel that was when people pronounce diabetes like – diabetUS it just bothers me, same when people refer to objects as diabetic like diabetic socks, or my cde is my “ diabetic nurse”. it just bothers me

  5. Gina
    Gina December 21, 2005 at 8:05 am | | Reply

    You have my vote! You are my true inspiration! hmm should i have said that lol

  6. cees van der schoot
    cees van der schoot May 15, 2006 at 3:49 am | | Reply

    Well hi all my name is cees from holland i have diabetus type 1 since i am 16 years old. My question is: I fell in love with a girl but now my sugar is going wild i dont eat for days etc etc i feel really really bad while the love is good what can i do about this ?

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