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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Diabetes Journey Award

Scott Benner

Lilly Diabetes has a wonderful recognition program for people living with diabetes called the ' Lilly Diabetes Journey Award'. This award is (well was) given to people who reached the milestones of 25, 50 and 75 years or more of living with diabetes. 

I said "well was" because just recently the award has been expanded to include a 10 year celebration.

from Lilly's Website:

At Lilly Diabetes, we recognize that every person with type 1 diabetes is on a unique and challenging lifelong journey. But they’re not alone—Lilly Diabetes works hard to not only help patients overcome the daily challenges of managing diabetes, but also celebrate their milestones along the way.

That’s why the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program recognizes and honors individuals who have successfully managed their type 1 diabetes over a long period of time. By honoring people who have long been successful, these awards not only help them to keep moving ahead, but also help to inspire others to believe that they can do it, too.

The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program, formerly known as LillyforLife, recognizes diabetes patients in the United States who have successfully managed their disease with the help of insulin for 10, 25, 50, or 75 years or more. As of 2014, the 10-year award, which honors patients who have successfully managed type 1 diabetes for 10 years, is being introduced to the program. We know that a type 1 diabetes diagnosis is a life-changing event, whether it happens at age 5 or 25. And successfully managing it for the first 10 years can help establish success for a lifetime—which we look forward to celebrating again at 25-, 50-, and 75-year milestones along the way.

Since 1975, Lilly has presented thousands of medals to people with diabetes who have continued to use insulin, and with the addition of the 10-year award, we look forward to presenting even more.

Those selected for the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program serve as an inspiration to all people with diabetes for learning how to manage their disease and adapting to the ever-changing technology of diabetes care throughout their diabetes journey.

I find it difficult to believe but Arden will have type I diabetes for ten years in 2016 and I am definitely going to apply for her ten year medal when that day arrives.

More about the award from Lilly

Medals are presented to patients in the United States throughout the year. Each recipient receives an elegant award, beautifully engraved with their name.

The 75-year award winners are also invited to have their names engraved on a special monument on the Lilly Campus. This serves as a testament to a life with type 1 diabetes well-lived for recipients and how the heritage of Eli Lilly and Company continues to connect with people living with type 1 diabetes today.

Today, applying for or nominating a patient for this award is easier than ever. Healthcare professionals, caregivers, and patients managing diabetes in the United States can complete and submit the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards application by clicking the appropriate links below.

Those links can be found here.


Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient

Scott Benner



Scott Benner’s Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal Honored with Mom’s Choice Award

May 16, 2013, Ann Arbor, MI

Author Scott Benner’s best-selling parenting book, Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad, has been named a 2013 recipient of the Gold distinction from Mom’s Choice Awards®. 

Globally recognized for establishing the standard of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services, Mom’s Choice Awards® honored Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal as an outstanding book within its “Adult Books: Parenting—Contemporary Families” category. An esteemed panel of judges that includes industry leaders in education, publishing, parenting, the performing arts, science, and medicine evaluated the book based on its production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost. Products that receive honors from Mom’s Choice Awards® help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually; they are morally sound and promote good will; and they are inspirational and uplifting.

A pithy, modern parenting book written from the viewpoint of a seasoned stay-at-home father with an inspiring story and an irreverent sense of humor, Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal delivers both hilarity and perspective to readers everywhere. With a wide range of topics that anchor individual chapters (fatherhood, marriage, sex, gender roles, diabetes, laundry, “dropping the baby”), the book is an entertaining collection of stories about the mishaps and misadventures of parenting.

According to Library Journal, “[Benner] asserts the secret to happiness is to never stop and never give up … his unabashed “dad humor” brings a distinct charm to his writing without being mawkish or overly sentimental.” The NYC Dad’s Group declared, "Scott Benner’s book, Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal, is a book that proves that the family route is one that is paved with bumps and washed with tears, but filled with fun and love."

Through the lens of Scott Benner’s experiences, readers are reminded that the path to happiness is paved by figuring out how to turn life’s challenges into life’s rewards. Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal tells the story of an American family that has overcome an array of obstacles to discover peace and joy within their own home.    

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal is available on Amazon and everywhere that books are sold - in paperback and all eBook formats.

Arden's Day is the Wego Health 2011 Health Activist Award winner!

Scott Benner

So excited... I'll post more later when my heart stops beating so fast.

What a wonderful surprise it was to be chosen from among so many deserving and wonderfully written health blogs. A day after learning that I won WEGO Health's 2011 Health Activist Award in the 'Advocating for Another' category, well,  I'm still a bit in shock. 

WEGO Health houses an amazing collection of communities and blogs about a sweeping range of medical issues. It's members offer advice and support to countless people that need it. If you or someone that you know is living with a medical condition and looking for community, I strongly suggest that you click on this link and see if there is a group tailored to your specific need - I bet that there is.

I want to thank WEGO, the independent judges and the type I diabetes community for embracing what I'm trying to do with this website. It was a genuine honor to be named as the winner in such a broad and powerful community of people. I'm proud of this site and the words that you'll find on it. Moreover, I'm happy beyond words that it helps people. Thank you all very much!


Arden's Day is a Wego Health 2011 Health Activist Award finalist

Scott Benner

WEGO Health just announced the finalists in their 2011 Health Activist Award and Arden's Day was among them!

There were nearly fifty web sites nominated in my category, Advocating For Another, among them some names that I read and respect and others that I'm looking forward to finding out more about. It was a very humbling group to be included in and I am proud, happy and touched to have been judged as worthy of being called a finalist.

The winners will be announced on January 31st and we are very excited to be in the running.

WEGO is an online community that was set up to 'empower health activists to help others', please check out what they've built if you have the need... it's an amazing site!