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After Thoughts: The DSMA Live Crew

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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!).
  • Allison launched Blue Cupcakes, a line of diabetes-inspired handmade letterpress greeting cards.
  • 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.
  • International Diabetes Federation World Diabetes Day - So many events and monument being lit around the world (over 360 different buildings as of this writing).
  • 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.

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After Thoughts: Lee Ann Thill

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Tonight we chatted with a good friend of the show, Lee Ann Thill.

Monday, September 24th, is the third annual Diabetes Art Day!  We spent about half of the show talking about the idea of diabetes art day and how many of us have been touched through the movement.  In fact, one of our frequent listeners, Cheri, mentioned in the chat room that diabetes art day was the first group activity she participated in, and that it gave her the courage to go to her first diabetes meetup.

There’s nothing fancy required for participation.  Just create some art!  If you like, you can share your art on the Diabetes Art Day website gallery.  If you’re shy, you can even share your work anonymously.

We also talked with Lee Ann about another initiative that she’s working on.  Word Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange! It’s a great initiative to connect people affected by diabetes all around the world.  With well over 500 people participating last year, she’s hoping for another great participation rate this year.

Much to the chagrin of Cherise, I volunteered the DSMA Live team to help Lee Ann make extra postcards if needed.

Finally we heard about a research project Lee Ann is working on for her doctorate that will look at people living with diabetes who have food and body related issues, and who will use artwork and art creation as a way to cope, connect, and communicate.  She’ll need our help to spread the word, and once again, I volunteered the DSMA Live team.

I hope you’ll share some of your time with us and listen to the show.  Lee Ann is a magnificent advocate for so many of the mental aspects that living with diabetes brings, and I very much enjoyed learning from her.

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