This week the DSMA Live crew chatted about some of the advocacy efforts happening this month. I’m going to just drop a bunch of bullet points to help people track down additional information.
Abby is doing a fun “photo a day” project during November, where each day she’ll post a picture around a particular diabetes-focused theme (these are always fun to join in on – and she says the more the merrier!).
George is updating his Facebook status messages with a diabetes related fact for each day of the month. For example, today’s message says: “Day 2 – There are many different types of diabetes. Don’t assume you know which type someone has. When someone tells you they have diabetes, ask them which type. If someone asks you what type of diabetes you have, be sure and thank them for asking a great question! It’s a win/win people.”
Big Blue Test – test your blood sugar, get active for a few minutes, then test your blood sugar again. Participate whether you have diabetes or not, participate as many days as you can, and as many times per day as you can. Each entry that happens before 11/14 will help PWD’s in need. There is even an iPhone app (sorry kids, I couldn’t find an Android app).
World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange - an initiative to connect people affected by diabetes from around the world with each other during the month of November in celebration of World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month.
Blue Fridays – A simple idea with big potential. Wear blue on Friday’s to represent diabetes awareness.
World Diabetes Day, Twin Cities – In the Twin Cities area (Minneapolis/St.Paul) Scott and many of the local PWD’s are getting together at the Mall of America to celebrate and raise awareness. If you’re in the area, we’d love for you to join us!
16 Hour DSMA Twitter Marathon (#WDDChat12) on World Diabetes Day – details coming soon at diabetessocmed.com.
In this episode of DSMA Live we got to know Hope Warshaw, a brilliant educator and dietitian who has been working to help people with diabetes for a very long time. She has written a stack of books (see above) and has contributed on countless projects. Chances are, you’ve been helped by Hope without even knowing it.
She has long been an advocate for building bridges between health care professionals and diabetes online community, and respects the work and effort all of you put in to tell your tale and share your story. She’s even created a great resource on her website (hopewarshaw.com) that is all about connecting with the diabetes online community (DOC).
This show barely scratched the surface on all that Hope does, and I do hope you’ll listen and get to know more about her. She’s a great person and we are lucky to have her working so hard on our behalf.
It is my experience that parents of children with diabetes are rocks; pillars of strength in their families. This is not by choice, but through necessity.
Laura is one of the strongest. She’s a single mom of three young, beautiful children, two of which live with challenging autoimmune diseases. Laura spoke with us this past Monday and shared what life is like parenting a child with type 1 diabetes, a child with Crohn’s disease and a child who loves and worries for her two younger siblings.
Please listen in to hear Laura tell us about the challenges she’s been through and continues to face, how she copes, where she gets support and more.
I was particularly moved by her comparison of parenting a child with diabetes to a child with Crohn’s. You may be surprised by what she had to say. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to understand more about what Crohn’s disease is and what it is like living with it.
Congratulations to Heather of Sweet to the Soul who is the winner of a special gift pack from Quick Sticks! Thanks to Laura for offering that for us. Listen to the show to find out where you can get some of your own.
Because she’s a parent of a child with diabetes, I had a feeling Penny was pretty awesome (all d-parents are). But I didn’t realize just how special she was until hearing her story on the show.
Serving for 26 years in a school for the deaf seems to have imparted a really special gift on Penny, which shines through in listening to her story about raising her family.
I had the pleasure of meeting Penny a while back and was moved by her drive to keep Grace healthy both physically and psychologically. It’s a tough balancing act for all of us, and I imagine it’s only harder from the parents perspective.
We got a call from Kelly Kunik, which was a great surprise! I’m totally jealous that Kelly gets to hang out with Penny and Grace so often, and it was pretty evident that Grace is a pretty special young lady.
I hope you’ll share some time with us and listen to the show!