The Year in Review: 2012.

On December 31, 2012 by Cherise Shockley


Take a moment to reflect on diabetes in 2012 – on a personal level, on a community level, on a technological level, anything you can think of.  What things stand out to you the most?  What did 2012 and Diabetes mean to you?  You can even take the challenge one step further, and post a collage of your Year in Diabetes!


January: I celebrated my 31st birthday. I flew to D.C. I walked 12 blocks, got lost (iPhone maps suck) but it was worth it because I met Chris and Dayle for cupcakes.  I became a huge fan of Dr. David Nash because of his passion for population health.  I took my daughter to Build-a-Bear.


February: I spent a relaxing month with my lovely daughter and Husband.  I received beautiful flowers and a surprise lunch date with my boyfriend (Husband).


March: I caught up with a few diabetes advocates, friends and enjoyed the California sunshine and tasted the best ice cream EVER.

Medtronic Diabetes Advocates Summit

April: Transforming Lives was an amazing event.  I met Wendy, Mike Lawson, Lawren and Bill for the first time in real life.  I also ate a delicious cupcake and the best hot dog EVER.

Transforming Lives

May: My daughter graduated from kindergarten and rode her bike without training wheels. I received a Lenny the Lion build-a-bear.  I traveled to Kansas City, MO to moderate a panel of health care professionals and patients. I had another a-ha moment.  I could not go to KC without visiting my diabetes family and grabbing a plate of Gates. I made a quick trip to DC, no cupcakes. I meet Ann Bartlett and Michelle Litchman in real life. I met Tony Rose and Scott Benner for the first time in real life at the Lilly Summit.

KC Diabetes Family


June:   I attended the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Conference in Orlando.  I met a lot of amazing NPs and was honored to show them how to use social media.  I have a new found respect for NPs they do a lot but do not get much recognition. I had the honor of meeting Kelly Young.  I started crying when I saw a lot of NPs wearing blue for Blue Fridays.  Oh, I decided to go back to school.

AANP 2012


July: DSMA celebrated our 2nd anniversary and became incorporated as Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, Inc. and received our non-profit status in the state of Indiana.  We went live with the first DSMA en Vivo blog talk radio show co-hosted by Bea and Christina.  I met a lot of online friends for the first time in real life.


August: Scott, George and myself attended AADE.  George and Scott managed to record a live episode of DSMA Live.  I learned that parking in downtown Indy is very expensive.  We recorded our first episode of DSMA Live: ‘Rents Talk, co-hosted by Bennet and Lorraine.  We also had our first DMSA Tweet-up, not the last.

DSMA Live Team


September: My daughter got her ends trimmed for the first time.  I traveled to San Francisco as an e-patient to attend the Stanford Medicine X conference at Stanford.  It was an amazing and eye opening experience.  I was honored and very blessed to be able to attend a conference with a lot of different patient advocates and medical professionals from different disease states.  I also met a few people from the diabetes community.  I have a lot photos.  I promise to upload them to my Instagram account. Chris recorded a podcast with Kim and I; you can check it out here.

Med XIMG_3353

October:  I went back to DC.  I was sad I didn’t get to see Chris and Dayle.

November: celebrated diabetes awareness month.  I wore blue every Friday and on World Diabetes Day. I participated in the Big Blue Test and made an attempt to keep up with the photo challenge.  DSMA put together the first annual World Diabetes Twitter Chat (16 Hosts. 16 Hours. 16Topics.).  Kicked off “Supporting DSMA through DCAF”  campaign to raise money to file for DCAF’s 501c3.

Blue Fridays 2012

December:  Spending a lot of time with my family!   I was blessed with a fabulous year of life, health, family and friendships (professionally and personal).    I cannot wait to see what happens in 2013.

(Kerri-thank you for the idea.)

“This post is my December entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at


3 Responses to “The Year in Review: 2012.”

  • I love that you have a memorable food for each place, and if you returned you mention you didn’t get to have it again. Haha. We are very alike, Cherise.

    2012 was big for you, I’m sure 2013 will be even bigger!

  • Love that photo of everyone in blue at the AANP conference. Proof positive of the difference you and DCAF makes on the community. Happy New Year

  • It was a joy to meet you in 2012….looking forward to more hugs in 2013!!!!!

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