Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I'm back!

I checked my blog this morning to find that it was no longer available! What?! I discovered that I had been flagged as a "spam blog" by Google's blog checker. I suspect I got flagged because of my JDRF solicitations, and perhaps since I haven't posted in a while? I don't know. After about 8 hours, my blog was restored.

In other news, I am planning to do the Big Kahuna Triathlon on Sept 9 and of course the JDRF ride on Sept 22 in Montana. Other than that, I am trying to sleep and rest more. Last night, we practiced swimming into the surf at Baker Beach in San Francisco. The waves there are big (well, not Hawaii big but big for me!) My goggles got knocked off once but at least, now, I know I will survive BK if there happens to be a bit of surf in the morning. Right before we dove in, we saw a seal swimming around. Or maybe it was a sea lion. I was perturbed but forgot immediately about the little (or big?) guy once I started focusing on surviving the waves. You should have seen me running out of the water, looking back at the monster waves that were hoping to knock me down.

I am also trying to coordinate some studies with some investigators from Israel to learn more about SIPE. We are trying to spread awareness, especially within the triathlon and open water swimming community, about this potentially life-threatening condition.

8 comments:

Shannon said...

I was wondering what happened to your blog. How strange that they'd shut it down like that. It's not like you were posting comments on other people's blogs asking for money.

Anywho, good luck on the 9th. I have another sprint coming up on the 8th.

Niels said...

Anne--
I ran across your blog as I was sifting through diabetes-related websites this morning. Your blog was of particular interest to me because I too am a diabetic triathlete and what's even more serendipitous - I'm too am racing the Big Kahuna! So - good luck to you on Sept. 9! Shoot me an e-mail if you'd like some time...it'd be interesting to trade notes on diabetes and triathlon/cycling!
-Niels

Niels said...

Whoops...here's my e-mail:
sploolaf (at) yahoo dot com

Wingman said...

Glad to see you're back! Watch out for the seals.

AliRae said...

Thanks so much for your kind words in my blog Anne. I'm always thinking of you too. Good luck in your race next weekend. As usual, you're going to rock! Best, Ali

melissa said...

I am not a big time triathlete, I tend to do mini ones. I was so happy to come across your site. My sister helped me get my attitude in check with my diabetes by handing me this book, www.diabetesdoneright.com. Since then, I have been staying positive and trying to stay around positive people like yourself.

Dying Water Buffalo said...

pshaw this entire post is spam, you can't fool me! ;)

glad to see you back!

Anonymous said...

Anne,

I hope your triatholon went well and that you are still looking forward to the JDRF ride, which is coming up very soon. Because of your blog about living with diabetes, I thought you might take a minute to help out the International Diabetes Federation.

You see, we are in the midst of our preparations for the first UN-observed World Diabetes Day (www.worlddiabetesday.org) on 14 November this year, and I wanted to ask you if you would like to help us to spread awareness of this worldwide event and the theme we have chosen for it this year - Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.

It is estimated that over 200 children develop type 1 diabetes every day and there's no question that the disease often hits disadvantaged communities the hardest, and that children in the developing world can die because their parents are unable to afford medication. In many countries diabetes is still considered an adult disease and as a result can be diagnosed late with severe consequences, including death. Even after diagnosis many children experience poor control and develop complications early.

This is why one of our key objectives for World Diabetes Day this year is to double the number of children covered by the Life for a Child Program - http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/go/wdd-2007/life-for-a-child. We also want to encourage initiatives that can help to reduce diabetic ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) and to promote the sort of healthy lifestyles which can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in children.

A version of the diabetes circle, the icon we used for our Unite for Diabetes campaign http://www.unitefordiabetes.org/ has now been adopted for World Diabetes Day and we have produced a number of web banners that you can view and download here http://banners.worlddiabetesday.org.

The way in which you can help us spread awareness of World Diabetes Day is to add one of the banners to your own blog, which we would really appreciate.

The UN's World Diabetes Day Resolution (61/225) was really just the first goal of an ambitious campaign that we have been leading. This is the first time a non-communicable disease has been recognised as a serious threat to global public health and we are hoping now to further raise awareness globally of the disease that is predicted to contribute to 6% of the world’s mortality in 2007.

If you would like to know more about the UN Resolution and our plans for World Diabetes Day this year, just drop me a line and I will get back to you with more information.
Many thanks,
Stephanie Tanner