Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Diabetes Awareness Month

Not only is is National Blog Posting Month, but more importantly, it's National Diabetes Awareness Month as well!

Diabetes is not a fun thing to have to deal with on a daily basis. I should know. For me, what started out as the usual Gestational Diabetes when I was pregnant with my first child. He ended up weighing 10 lbs. 5 oz. at birth. Yes...and I was only 115 at the time. After childbirth, my diabetes went away. Only to return during my second pregnancy. Again, after the birth of my daughter, the diabetes went away. She was 9 lbs. 2 oz. at birth. Six years later with the pregnancy of my third and final child, I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes yet again. Although my youngest daughter was my smallest weighing only 8 lbs. 5 oz., the diabetes never went away. I now have Type 2 Diabetes and have been weaned off of the insulin after a few years and am just taking medication and monitoring my diet & nutrition. I do have to check my blood sugars (or am supposed to) three times a day, and I can usually make any necessary changes in my meals as needed.

Diabetes leads to many other medical issues, and this I also know personally.

Here's some startling but interesting facts about Diabetes:

With nearly 26 million children and adults in American living with diabetes, and another 79 million at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the disease is taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on our country. Yet, most Americans don’t consider diabetes a serious matter. They feel it is someone else’s responsibility; someone else’s problem.

Recent numbers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a desperate situation of where we are at, and where we are headed:

"Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
Now is the time to act."


Here's how you can help with the fight against this disease:

Become Involved in American Diabetes Month® 2011

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to rally individuals, communities and families to Join the MillionsSM in the movement to Stop Diabetes®. This year, the American Diabetes Association is asking individuals to take a pledge and raise their hand to Stop Diabetes.

Beginning November 1, the public can take action by taking the American Diabetes Month pledge on Facebook.

Here are other ways you can become involved:

* Attend an American Diabetes Month event in your area
* Call 1-800-DIABETES
* Text JOIN to 69866 (standard data and message rates apply)

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaBloPoMo 2011

It's National Blog Posting Month!! Although NaBloPoMo is now a monthly occurrence, it officially kicked off back then just for the month of November. However, more and more bloggers wanted to continue the Monthly Blogging on a daily basis so....National Blog Posting Month is pretty much every.single.month.

"It's that time again; time to commit to posting every day for a full month by joining in with NaBloPoMo. The point? Well, beyond the endurance factor -- of becoming a writing athlete -- there's the benefit from daily writing. I use it as a way to warm up before getting into book writing. And then there's the community aspect: joining NaBloPoMo is like joining a gym. You're writing in a group and feeding off that for motivation rather than writing alone."

For those who have difficulty trying to figure out what to write about, NaBloPoMo offers bloggers a daily 'prompt' to give you a jump start. Even if you only write a simple paragraph regarding their prompt, it usually leads to blogging about other things in general. So, if you want to jump on the bandwagon and join other Bloggers, NaBloPoMo is the perfect place to get direction!! :)

This is today's Prompt:

For me, my favorite part about writing is the fact that I can journal my daily, weekly or monthly highlights of my life and have somewhere to go to reflect back on those memories. When I started this blog, I was in a new relationship...and it pretty much documents my life from that point on. This blog ended up focusing on the planning of our Destination Wedding...and I'm glad I shared every little detail with my readers. I've had tons of people ask me for direction on re-creating some of the crafty things I did. Quite honestly, the majority of my ideas came from a very amazing group of ladies who were a part of a Destination Wedding forum I was (and still am) a part of. It's nice to be able to pass on the ideas that were passed to me. :)

Of course after all the hoopla was over, I neglected my blog something fierce! However, I'm going to be getting back on track, and hopefully I'll be able to post daily now that I'm committed in participating in the National Blog Posting Month this month!!

In other news....DID YOU SEE MY CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN at the top of my blog?!? Christmas is coming in a month and 23 days!!! Yikes!!!!

I can proudly say that I'm officially DONE with Christmas Shopping!! 

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