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2010... In Review

Friday, December 31, 2010

Today is the last day of 2010.

All in all, it's been a good year!  Yeah, we've had a few bumps in the road - but who doesn't really?  This was our first year... our first ENTIRE year... with D along for the ride.  And I must say, it did make things a little more - exciting!

2010 was also my first full year blogging.  I switched my blog from "Window to My World" to "Bittersweet" and then decided to go with a dot com at "The Princess and The Pump".  I like it here!  I think we'll be here for a long time.  
Yesterday, I was reading Kelly Kunik's post over at Diabetesaliciousness about her year in review.  It was fantastic!  I loved rereading her posts... and so... I decided to do the same thing over here!  What better way to end the year than by a stroll down blogging lane to relive all those memories?

I have to say... I originally planned to just list ONE post for each month... and you can see that I failed miserably at that.  It's just that my writing is SO personal for me.  I pour my heart out here.  My posts are kind of like my children. I love them all... for different reasons.  

Please know that I don't list them all to say, "HEY LOOK!  I am so incredibly awesome that you just MUST read all of my stuff!"  No, no... it's not like that at all.  I put them here because they all represent a specific moment in time.  A special part of our history - for better or for worse.  

And my hope is that you just might find some useful information or read something that will let you know that you will never be alone on this crazy journey.  That what you feel and experience is normal... and it's OK.  And it's going to be OK.  And that, with the support of this amazing Diabetes Online Community, you will find the love, humor, encouragement, and support to keep on LIVING an incredible life with diabetes.

So, without further ado.... here are a few of my favorites from the past year.

December 2010:     

I Want You to Know  This post came alive after a discussion with my mom about how much those on the "outside" don't know about living with D.

Do You Know How Lucky You Are?  This post was written on one one of those days when I wished that something like feeding my child, something that other people don't think twice about, seemed so hard.  And I wondered... do others have any idea?

November 2010:

This was the month of NaBloPoMo.... I blogged EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. 

The Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad... Week talked about an insanely crazy week.  So insane that it was actually pretty funny!

Isn't It Ironic was about how we spend World Diabetes Day... in the ER.  

Reality Bites was about how the reality of diabetes is sometimes pretty sucky... and it can be too much.

You are More was a love note to Sweetpea... telling her that she will always be MORE than just a child with diabetes.

October 2010:

Sweet Dreams and The Morning After both were both written after hearing the horrible news that another child had lost her life to T1 in her sleep.  We all mourn these losses... even if we don't know the child or the family.  It always hits so close to home.  

JDRF Walk to Cure 2010 was where I wrote all about our walk!

September 2010:

FLOCKED was about getting a special blue flamingo from Super Nate and The Diabetes Dude in the mail! 

She Doesnt' LOOK Sick was about invisible illnesses and how one tiny mistake can be deadly.

Back to School as a Parent of a CWD and as a Teacher was about just that... going back to school! 

Do I Make You Sad? came out of me not wanting others to pity us... just wanting them to "get it". 

August 2010:

First Words was written after Sweetpea read her first real word... thanks to D.

We Aren't in Kansas Anymore showcased our SUPER SIZED medicine cabinet.

July 2010:

The Green Eyed Monster was about what happened after I saw a little girl 
drinking a juice box at Ikea.

Imposter was an angry look at what it's like to be a pancreas - when you're not really a pancreas at all. 

Dear Saleslady at Macy's was an open letter to a clerk who decided it was ok to share her D horror story in front of Sweetpea.


June 2010:

I'm Not a Doctor - I Just Play One in Real Life  The title really says it all!

She's a Keeper was about Dexie (the Dexcom 7 Plus CGM) joining our family.

Disney and Diabetes was about visiting the big Mouse with D along for the ride.

May 2010:

If I Have to Explain... was about trying to help others "get" this crazy new world!

April 2010:

Parade of Pumps: Animas Ping was about our choice of insulin pump.  This was a post I wrote with Laura (who talked about the Omnipod) and Meri (who talked about Medtronic).

It's Ok To Cry:  A Dad's Perspective was written by J!  

Happy Diaversary is about celebrating our first year with D.

One Year Ago... was about looking back on our last day without D.

March 2010:

Flashbacks was about meeting the nurse - almost a year later - that did Sweepea's bg test on dx day.

Lost was written during a time when I was feeling all consumed with D... and very lost.

February 2010:

Momma Said There'd Be Days Like This was an emotional look at life with D.

Drama Queen is a little note to D to tell it to KNOCK IT OFF!

January 2010:

Checking *MY* Blood Sugar is about just that... and how I feel about NOT being the one with D. 

*I'm still working on getting all the old posts over here!  It's a BIG job!*

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy 2010!

With Love... from our family to yours 



  1. You seriously are an amazing writer. I wish I could write like you! Great recap. I just commented on other post Im confused when D day is...either way...thank you for opening your heart and sharing your journey!

  2. I am with Lexxi. You are an amazing writer. I think people really relate to your posts and all that you have to say. I am so honored to have been along for the "ride" with you this year in blogging. Thank you for all you do in supporting all of us in the DOC.

    Happy 2011 to you and yours Hallie.

  3. Wow, Hallie! I went back and read quite a few of your posts and just want to sit back with a nice, hot cup of coffee and stay awhile.

    The DOC rocks and YOU are one major player.

    Happy New Years!!!

  4. Great round up! I loved every one that 2010 brought and can't wait to see what's in store for 2011!

  5. Happy New Years Hallie. I am looking forward to sharing 2011 with you.

  6. Happy New Year Hallie! What an amazing blogging year! It has been SO nice getting to know you and your heart this year through your words! Love you friend!


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