Blog Entries With Tag: Karen Graffeo

Posted: May 10, 2013

Well, it's that time of the year again kiddies.  Karen Graffeo from Bitter Sweet Diabetes is at the helm again for the blogging event of the year from May 13th to the 19th.  Come one - come all - give the wheel a spin in the diabetes carnival of life!  What have you got to lose except maybe a few molars if you purchase a sticky candy apple?

Everyday, those of you who want to participate in it (you can sign up here) - are given a list of topics to write about - along with a wild card or two if you are stumped (trust me - even I get bloggers block sometimes when it comes to diabetes).  Because you can see the list of topics already - you can get a start on it now (which I'm hoping to do this weekend) - since we're going to be blogging EVERY DAY - SEVEN DAYS!!!  Trust me - don't be put off by this - it can be done - whether you've blogged before or not - give it a whirl!

I'll be posting my blogs for that week at The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes - so come check out what comes out of my head.  Since I'm in a carnival mood right now with the spinning of the wheel - who knows what will come out of my sausage like fingers tips across your screen!!  Hopefully you will amaze me with whatever comes up in your mind as well.

Remember, if you want a quick way to blog - you can easily set up an a/c here at - easily done with your Facebook a/c and get cracking with blogging.

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Posted: May 16, 2011

Mike Lawson from What Some Would Call Lies got a few of the d-bloggers from last week to put together a fantastic vlog of mucho gracious to Karen Graffeo at Bitter~Sweet.  Watching it, brought little happy tears to my eyes. 

Thanks to Kelly Booth from
Trials & Tribulations of Being a Type 1 Diabetic who used to blog here at for sending this on to me today - since I'm still trying to catch up on all the the blogs from last week - but this one from Mike I think ROCKS (and the tune is very appropriate for us diabetics )!

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Posted: May 9, 2011

I’m one of many folks that are taking part in the 2nd Annual D-Blog Week that Karen Graffeo at Bitter Sweet is so kindly hosting on her website this week.  If you haven’t heard of it – check it out - see what we’re all doing – and perhaps get involved – come on don’t be shy!

The topic today is about  “ admiring our differences “ – and at first I was stumped by this topic (I never did well with assignments at school) and then I realised that I had written something similar a few weeks ago (Dear Parents of Diabetic Children) without even knowing that I’d be writing a similar story again this week.  My mind was aflame with ideas of who I admired the most out of the many diabetics that I have met over the years since I discovered the D-OC.  There are so many, but I think what has struck me the most over the year is the parents of diabetic children that I had come to admire the most .  Why?  Well, my parents (mainly my Mum – as my Dad was working) that did the best that they could with what information was available when I was diagnosed with diabetes in the 60’s.  They were pretty well in the dark with no online groups for them to join up to like we have today, so they did the best they could that was provided by CDA/ADA and the hospital that took care of my diabetes in Ottawa.   Personally, I think they did pretty well even when they tried to hide away the sweets from me in the top cupboard (I took my shoes off before getting on the counter tops to retrieve those goodies – me who is afraid of heights – the call of the “unforbidden” won over my fear).

Nowadays, parents of diabetic children have so many tools at their disposal – so I sometimes think it is more scary for the parents seeing their children’s blood sugars (BG) going up and down like a roller coaster ride and the fear that because of that horrible things will befall them (loss of eyesight, kidney, etc).  I wonder if sometimes having too much information isn’t a good thing.  I mean, my parents didn’t have all those tools, but in the end, I’ve turned out okay.  Yes, maybe I’m abit of a screw ball with my fantasy of wearing a cape/mask – but it works for me.

So, to all you D-parents out there – and you know who you are – I raise a toast to you in your everyday challenge to ensure your little one(s) are living the most out of their life.  If you love them and let them be who they are without stifling them, they will turn out fine.   I still wonder if my Dad was happy with my spending the CSB’s  he’d saved for my “further education” on a motorcycle instead – I know I was pleased as a little kitten <lol> – and I’m still alive despite a few miscalculations on a sharp turn in the road at “x” amount of speed!



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