November 27, 2006


And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.

--T. S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

For almost two years Pumplandia has served as an outlet for my frustrations and hopes as they pertain to diabetes and to life in general. It has helped me connect with brilliant writers and compassionate human beings--and even, almost miraculously, a few individuals who are both. To some extent, I hope, this site has also been a public resource for PWDs and those who care about them.

Recently, the actions of one person have presented me with a difficult choice between writing this blog privately or not at all. (This individual isn't part of the OC; it's a personal matter.)

Discontinuing the writing isn't an option; my connections to this community are too important to give up. Pumplandia will therefore be shifting to an invitation-only format over the next week. Friends and known members of the OC will receive an invitation via e-mail with instructions on how to access this page. (Unfortunately, use of the invitation requires a Google account, which is free but may be irritating to some folks.) I am also happy to share access with verified medical personnel, researchers, industry types, ADA/JDRF folks, and so forth.

If we’re pals and you don’t receive an invite by 12/4, please drop me a line, as it’s surely an oversight.

If you’d like to continue to read Pumplandia but are not known to me by an e-mail address, please write to and introduce yourself. If we aren't already acquainted, please include a reference to a mutual friend or active member of the OC who will vouch for your identity, or a verifiable professional credential related to diabetes. I regret that I cannot invite readers who lack a reference of this sort.

My hope is that all the people who are meant to read Pumplandia will find their way back to it over time. Thanks for your interest and support.


  1. Sounds like a yucky situation, whatever it is.

    I'm hoping that you can work it out, and I'll jump through a million hoops to continue to read.

    Take care!

  2. Well played, V.

    You lead, I'll follow. :)

  3. i will send you my email! I will continue to read so please count me in!

  4. I've just sent an email as well. Now if I can only remember to check my gmail account...

  5. Oy--so glad you're not going offline permanently. When I first started reading I wondered if that's where you were going.

    Who is giving you a hard time on your blog? We can all gang up of them in your defense.

  6. Violet

    Sorry to hear that someone is giving you grief. I hope that situation works out OK.

    I'd be interested in an invitation when you have a chance. Thanks!

  7. Violet,
    It is just scary when things like that occur. Take care. I hope I recieve an invite.

  8. Hi all...thanks for the kind words. Wendy, I can't view your profile, and I need an e-mail addy to invite you. Drop me a line?

  9. Count me in, Violet. I'd miss you too much!

  10. thanks for the invite, I'm glad to stay connected!!