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DSMA Live: Parents Talk (feat. me) Audio


Apparently I have a lot of thoughts on a multitude of subjects and DSMA Live 'Rents, was a perfect place to share them. I'm confident that you will agree... my appearance is not as entertaining as 'The Avengers' but I can promise this, it is 200 times better, then 80% of ABC's comedy TV lineup. Enough build up, here's DSMA Live: Parents Talk from December 17, 2012.


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My No D Day post

I've been trying to decide if I should do something and I want to ask your opinion. I'm asking because this question has been on my mind a lot and I can't come to a definite decision. Today seemed like the perfect time to bring this up because I belive the question is centric to George's intentions for No D Day. I really need your opinion so please don't be shy.

I registered the URL for my name with the intention of publishing a simple website that identified me as the writer of 'Arden's Day' and 'Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal'. I imagined it would be no more then a landing page that linked to here and to information about the book, but lately I've been wondering if there would be interest and value to the site offering more.

I've been planning on blogging about the process of writing the book here on Arden's Day, but maybe those stories would make interesting content for my author landing page. 

So with that in mind, I have two questions:

  • Do you think putting stories of writing the book on another blog is a good idea?
  • If I did create another blog would you be interested in also reading some D-Free parenting stories there?


A big thank you to George for his idea to give the community a break from diabetes talk and a chance to speak to each other about other topics. Happy No D Day!


My remarks from #ePatCon

with WEGO Health CEO Jack Barrette

Below are my remarks from e-Patient Connections 2012. I was at #ePatCon as a guest of WEGO Health where I was recognized for being the 2011 Advocating for Another award winner. The occasion presented me with the opportunity to speak about what my advocacy means to me. Below are my remarks as delivered.


Hello... My name is Scott Benner. My daughter Arden is eight years old and she was diagnosed with type I diabetes just after her second birthday.

Our life with Arden's chronic illness fills my heart with so many conflicting emotions - Feelings that don't seem like they should be allowed to inhabit the same space. Love & pain, anxiety & hope, sadness, personal growth...are just a few of the adjectives that describe my families day.

I open my heart and give a voice to the struggle on my blog to hopefully show the world what Arden's life is like so that others may understand, so that my fellow CareGivers, the ones that don't have this voice or perhaps don't want the attention can know that their pain isn't theirs alone to endure. This is a life that often is too much for one person to bear, but together,..... together we are stronger and more determined then our illnesses.

Social media saved me. When we share, when we let others see our real and honest human struggle... it helps people. It builds community, creates a support system, provides relief, connection, love... and I am recharged by the knowledge that when I write, my words create hope... and I am saved as well.

I think that I was awarded the 2011 WEGO Health Advocating for Another Award in part because I don't write about numbers, I don't pretend to know all the answers, I just say, "this is how diabetes made me feel today... Maybe you feel like that too." And I hope that knowledge, that simple act of letting screwed up feel normal... helps someone to feel anything other then alone.

I am transparent on the Internet because helping others is the only thing that I've found that makes my daughter's illness not seem arbitrary and cruel.

I want to thank Jack and WEGO for this honor and encourage all of you to support social media in anyway that you can. It's so simple that it seems like there must be more to it, but there's not. We are the only ones standing in the way of helping people with the full power and possibility of social media and patient bloggers.

The diabetes online community saved me and I'm doing my best to give others the ability to say the same. All you have to do is ignore your fears and run forward and you'll be doing the same.

Hope lives online.

Thank you...


My pictures from ePatCon are available on Instagram, Arden's Day and this PhotoStreamthat I used during the conference to make images available to all as they were being taken. Don't be surprised if you see some familiar faces!


Nomination are being excepted now for the 2012 awards and I'm hopeful that you'll consider nominating your favorite DOC writer(s).


WEGOhealth covered my lodging expenses and travel for the conference.



WEGOhealth: 2012 Health Activist Awards

Below is an email that WEGOhealth circulated announcing that nominations are now being excepted for their 2012 awards. I was honored to be nominated last year and was surprised when I received the first ever 'Advocating for Another' Award. I want to urge you to take a look at their categories and nominate your favorite writers from the diabetes online community. WEGO is a great way to make our DOC voices heard around the Internet.

As a result of my win last year WEGO has invited me to the e-Patient Connections 2012 conference in Philadelphia next week. There I will be recognized as the 2011 winner and get to speak about what my advocacy means to me. So again, please nominate your favorite diabetes blogger so that perhaps another of us can have this and many other great experiences, next year and beyond.

WEGOhealth is covering my lodging expensise and travel for the conference.

Announcing the 2012 Health Activist Awards!

We're excited to announce the start of the WEGO Health Activist Awards Nominations.

This year, we're extending the nomination period and we've added some exciting new award categories. Now's your chance to recognize someone who has inspired you, helped you, or even changed your life this year - nominate them for a WEGO Health Activist Award!

Click to Nominate a Health Activist

Questions? Get all the details on our WEGO Health Activist Awards FAQ page.

We also need your help to share the WEGO Health Activist Awards with everyone in the online health community. Please take a moment to tweet, blog, e-mail, or facebook to let your friends, fans, and followers know how they can get involved. Here's a sample tweet or post to help get you started: WEGO Health just announced their 2012 Health Activist Awards. Nominate someone:

Thanks for participating in the WEGO Health Activist Awards - and for helping us to empower those who make a difference every day.

The WEGO Health Team


Wordless (Instagram) Wednesday

Let's not mince words (especially since it's wordless Wednesday)... If you dig these pics, find me on Instagram. 



@ArdensDay on Instagram (and Pinterest too)... see you there! For background info about these pictures head over to the 'Visual Record'.