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Congratulations July Best of the 'Betes Winners!

By Karrie Hawbaker

Public Relations Manager

Posted:  8/2/2012 7:35 PM


Today, we want to give big congratulations to the winners of this month’s Best of the ‘Betes Blogs!

If you’re not familiar, the Best of the ‘Betes is the brainchild of Sara Nicastro over at Moments of Wonderful and a great way to discover new diabetes blogs and bloggers. Here’s how it works - Throughout the month as you’re reading your favorite diabetes blogs, you can nominate your favorites in 13 different categories (Best Story of a D Meet-up and Best Motivational Post are just a couple examples) by emailing them to or sending a direct message via Twitter to @bestbetesblogs. On the first of each month, you can visit here for a list of the winners in each category.

Amanda and I, along with the rest of the team here, just love this idea. It really is a great way to discover new voices in the ever-growing diabetes online community. So, for July 2012, we offered Lenny the Lion educational dolls to 10 randomly-selected people who nominated blogs this month.

Lenny is quite a popular lion, but just in case you haven’t met him, he’s an ambassador for children’s diabetes education worldwide. He teaches kids how to lead a strong and active lifestyle like he does, and to not let diabetes hold them back. Lenny is all about diabetes education, has practice areas on his belly for inserting infusion sets and can be registered at Build-a-Bear for a birth certificate. You may also know about him from his app, Carb Counting with Lenny, which is available on the iPhone/iPad (in English and Spanish), Android, and on Lenny's website. Or maybe you’ve spotted him at a diabetes camp or walk.

Every child 12 years or younger who goes on the Medtronic insulin pump for the first time receives his or her very own Lenny stuffed animal at training. But he’s also quite popular with “kids of all ages” so we’re thrilled to offer him to the Best of the ‘Betes participants. Congratulations again to the winners of the Lenny dolls and a big thank you to the many wonderful writers in the diabetes community.

I always love reading the Best of the ‘Betes and this month was no exception. From a heart-breaking story of an encounter with someone who recently lost a child to a nighttime low to moving posts about the camaraderie and support offered at Friends for Life to a poolside pump-sighting –these blogs are worth a read. Please check them out here.  And next month, as you come across blogs that you love, be sure to nominate them for the Best of the ‘Betes!


Bode Gibbs

Posted on Thu Aug 02 20:44:57 GMT 2012

Hi folks! I'm a type 1 diabetic since 1970. I use a Medtronic Minimed Paradigm Revel 723. I'm a 54 year old retired nurse practitioner and a big fan of Medtronic!

Andrew Bryant

Posted on Mon Aug 06 16:35:10 GMT 2012

My wife is a late-onset type 1 diabetic. She has been unable to find a provider of Medtronic Pump supplies that NC Inclusive Health (state high risk pool) recognizes as "in-network". Running out and facing either costs we cannot handle or a switch back to injections. Any knowledge would be appreciated.


Posted on Wed Aug 15 03:44:34 GMT 2012

Andrew, if you email me at with your wife’s full name and contact information I will have someone reach out to try to help.

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