Diabetes Awareness Day
November 14th is World Diabetes Day. When I think about our life with Type 1 Diabetes, these are the words that immediately come to mind.
Hope for cure research and technology advancements that will improve my daughter’s quality of life.
Thankful for insulin…and access to affordable health insurance to help pay for it.
United with the diabetes community worldwide.
As I reflect on these words, I cannot help but to think about other families who are also raising children with Type 1 Diabetes. Parents who walk the hallways at night, yielding flashlights for blood sugar checks in the dark; siblings who live with the raw emotions that exist; loved ones who want to help, but don’t know how.
There is something reassuring about knowing you aren’t alone. The Diabetes Online Community (DOC) has been a huge blessing in my life. The friendships I’ve found here inspire me to continue advocating, battling stereotypes, debunking myths, and raising awareness for this disease.
The DOC is an active, vibrant community filled with some amazing people. From blogs to Twitter to Facebook, there are many ways to connect with others who understand what this life is like. Every day people are networking, sharing stories, and helping each other live each moment to the fullest.
My mind also wanders with thoughts of parents with whom I may never cross paths, because they do not have access to the internet. Parents who must walk miles upon miles to access minimal amounts of insulin from a clinic. Parents who must dig a hole in the ground, because they do not have electricity or a refrigerator to keep the insulin from overheating. Parents who must make the difficult decision between insulin for one child and food for the rest of the family.
You see, Type 1 Diabetes doesn’t discriminate. Regardless of whether you live in a mainstream city or a primitive fishing village, no child is immune to the risk. It crosses boundaries, strikes without warning, and often leaves a trail of broken hearts in its wake.
We are an awesome community, and I believe we are capable of doing awesome things. While we cannot solve all the world’s problems, I do believe that we can impact the global crisis that exists when people are dying every day because they cannot access the insulin they need to survive.
Today I challenge you to think outside of your (blue) circle. Take a stand for these families. Support theorganizations who are dedicated to helping them. Be their voice.
On November 14th, and every day…because no child should die of diabetes.
The global symbol for diabetes awareness is the blue circle. Blue represents the sky that ALL people live under. The shape of a circle represents life, health, and unity.