If you have found this blog, saying Welcome does not really seem appropriate. I know you wish you weren't surfing the internet for diabetes. I felt the same.

A big part of me wishes I were not writing about diabetes, nor did I anticipate to become so opinionated or informed on the subject, but it happened. In 2010, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

It wasn't really part of the plan… Correction - it was not part of the plan, but it happened. It is not always easy, but I think we are all doing okay, and I hope we continue to do so.

Why the Middle East? I happen to live in Dubai. I don't think that living in the Middle East makes mine or my son's diabetic experience any more unique or challenging than it does elsewhere in the developed world.

I hope you stick around, or read something you like. Feel free to comment and join the conversation, subscribe or follow this blog by liking the Facebook page Diapoint.

Please note: This blog does not give medical advice. I am opinionated, and I share my experiences, but the first rule of diabetes is to follow up with your doctor and/or nurse educator about your care, diagnosis or medication. If you do not have a medical practitioner that is helping you find your way through this crazy world, then do not give up until you find the right one.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Diabetes Blog Week 2017

For the last eight years, every May, Karen over at BitterSweet has hosted what is fondly known in the Diabetic Online Community as Diabetes Blog Week. And I am excited to see it is happening again in 2017.

I found Diabetes Blog Week completely by accident the first year I participated. It was at that time that I learned there were hundreds of people with diabetes just like my son, and caretakers like me, keeping blogs. It was refreshing to learn from others who face similar challenges.  

Every year I meet some of the most inspiring people through this process. I also learn a lot.

I will be taking part so keep an eye out for my upcoming posts. These are the topics Karen has chosen for the eighth annual Diabetes Blog Week:

  1. Diabetes and The Unexpected - Monday 5/15
  2. The Cost of a Chronic Illness - Tuesday 5/16
  3. The Blame Game - Wednesday 5/17
  4. Throwback Thursday: What Brings Me Down - Thursday 5/18
  5. More Than Diabetes - Friday 5/19
  6. Bonus: Diabetes Bloopers - Wildcard (Love this one!)

If you have a diabetic blog, or have been thinking to start one, why not participate? It is a very welcome forum, and Karen openly invites everyone – Type1, Type 2, LADA, Gestational – all diabetics. Here is the sign-up page.

Here is a list of all participating blogs and you can follow the Diabetes Blog Week Facebook page.

If you're taking part, leave a comment for me below with a link to your blog. I'd love to follow your journey throughout Diabetes Blog Week.

Thank you Karen for hosting Diabetes Blog Week again this year! I am always appreciative of your efforts in this and everything you do. This week and the other many things you do are making a difference for so many.


  1. Yay, thank you so much for signing up again this year and for spreading the word!

    1. Thank you! Happy to participate and spread the word!

  2. I am so glad you will be joining us. It will be a great week, next week.

  3. What a great initiative Pam! Looking forward to reading your posts :)