The Big Blue Test

The Big Blue Test is a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation that encourages people with diabetes to test their blood sugar, exercise for 14-20 minutes, test again and share their experience on For every test, people with diabetes in need receive life-saving supplies through Big Blue Test grants that are awarded to humanitarian diabetes charities in the US and around the world, made possible thanks to the program sponsor.

I finally did mine today. It works! Be nice to yourself, go exercise. 🙂

An Angel Called Rita

Today is No-D Day. We here, at the DOC, promised not to talk about the D today; not because we want to be irresponsible but because sometimes we just need a break. So thank you to George Simmons for coming up with the idea of making us think of something else.

My post today is dedicated to my wonderful friend Rita. I’m truly convinced she’s one of those angels God put in my life, and I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for her. We have been co-workers and friends since I started my job almost 3 years ago. We’ve always had fun and I’ve always admired her personality, her strength and her perspective in life. She’s one of those people who always smile, who always laugh at your jokes, and she is one of the most generous human beings I know. I always knew I can count on her, and life didn’t prove me wrong.

Rita was my support when my world came crashing down, she provided a safety net for me, opened the doors of her house for me, no questions asked. She not only offered me a place to stay, she made me part of her family. And all through spring and summer, when my world was at its darkest, she let a light shine on me by not letting me get stuck in my pain, by showing me that life was worth living and that I was going to be happy again. Oh, how much I enjoyed all those days at the beach and the endless laughter, the Cinco de Mayo margaritas listening to an Elvis Presley impersonator… Rita saved my life.

As the new season settles, our friendship strengthens and I not only see a friend in her, but also a mother, a confidant, someone I will always be in debt with and someone I would do anything for. I’m still at her house, and I keep on rebuilding my life after the hurricane with her support. What started as a safe haven has now become my home and for that I’m extremely grateful.It goes to show that we’re never alone.

Thank you, Rita… My life won’t be long enough to repay your kindness.