Happy New Year! With the twelve months of 2012 behind us and all the potential of 2013 ahead, some of our dLife Viewpoints columnists take a look back and offer up their thoughts on the past year.
"2012 continued to be a year of healing for me and my family, but as we heal from the loss of my son, Jesse, we've discovered that our diabetes family only gains in strength and love. My proudest moment was when I was asked to speak at the ADA Gala in Milwaukee this year, to tell Jesse's story. Now I know people are asked all the time to be guest speakers, so I'm not all that special. But what is beautiful in that request is that my "subject matter" — the death of my son due to type 1 diabetes — is not shunned by the community, it is in fact embraced. It has taught many that we as a community can handle the tough subjects and we are there for each other no matter what. I am so very proud that in 2012 while more families continue to lose their children to type 1 diabetes, they are finding me along with so many others who can help them on their journey. And for that I am very grateful."
"Above all, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons from the Karlya household to yours. I would also like to thank you for sharing with us here at dLife — we surely enjoy being part of your lives. As I look back over the last year, I have the feeling that this has been a year of ‘setting up’ for great things in the New Year. More than in other years, there seem to be more projects in the pipeline either submitted to the FDA, or in scientific trials. I’m sure much will be revealed by various parties over the next few months.
I also believe this will be a year where there will be significant movement in both advancing management tools and research; 2013 will be an exciting time in many different arenas pertaining to diabetes. In 2012 I also witnessed many entities working together more closely than ever before. This is a very good thing to see. Sharing ideas and working on moving the dial forward must continue and it is great to observe. We are in this together. We are "in it to end it," as I say so often. And until there is a cure, everyone needs to have EVERYTHING available to be in the best of health. I know we will keep working diligently at the Diabetes Research Institute, and will continue to collaborate with the world.
It’s your diabetes life and all of us at dLife will continue to try to inspire, connect, educate and do all we can to make sure you are up-to-date on everything diabetes. May 2013 be everything you want for you and your family. Thanks for being part of ours here at dLife.
Happy Holidays to all, I am a diabetes dad."
2012 is over already? Where did it go? What did I do with it? Looking back on my year, it felt like a year of taking a step back and regrouping a bit. Like I was trying to do too much and be too many things to too many people. That made me feel scattered and less able to do what is important to me. So I had to slow down and reevaluate where I was spending my energy. I also feel that I discovered so many great new people in the diabetes online community. All sharing their stories in whatever way they enjoy most (blogs, twitter, youtube, tumblr, etc). I love watching the community continue to grow, and I hope that trend continues for many years to come.
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