Diabetes Forecast

Another Fine Year!

By Kelly Rawlings, Editorial Director ,

One of the items on my bucket list is to earn a 50-year diabetes medal. I’m into my fifth decade with diabetes, so that goal is in sight. My parents and I never had to sharpen my syringe needles, but I remember the hot fizz produced by a Clinitest tablet while testing urine for glucose. Meters are such improvements! Just like Charles Grammes, MD, my goal has always been to live a high-quality life with diabetes. And in this era, we have more tools than ever before to do so.

Cover star Elizabeth Tarbox, Grammes, and others who have lived with diabetes for decades provide another self-care essential: inspiration. Are you celebrating a significant diabetes diagnosis anniversary? See how to apply for the diabetes recognition awards offered by Eli Lilly & Co. and the Joslin Diabetes Center.

The American Diabetes Association will also celebrate a significant milestone in 2015: its 75th anniversary! Stay tuned for news and events that will honor the members, volunteers, educators, clinicians, and researchers who have championed the mission of the Association for three-quarters of a century.

As we’re about to wish 2014 a fond farewell and welcome good things to come in 2015, I’d like to say “thank you” to the many people who have provided support and inspiration in the pages of Diabetes Forecast this year. You, dear readers, sent great tips, ideas, and words of encouragement. People interviewed by Diabetes Forecast writers for countless stories helped to provide clear, useful information related to everyday life with diabetes. The experts on our editorial advisory board and reader panel examined each word in an issue before the content was deemed worthy to send to you. And you have all rallied to make this November a far-reaching and impactful American Diabetes Month®. Thank you for all that you do.


Kelly Rawlings, PWD* type 1
Twitter: @KellyRawlings
*Person with diabetes

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