DBlog Week 2014 - Change The World

“Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you. (Thanks go out to Kim of Texting my Pancreas for inspiring this topic.”

DBlog Week / Day 1: Change The World

Well for this first topic of DBlog Week, this is what I try to do to change the world.

I became a part of the diabetic world 6 years ago. I didn’t know anything about diabetes. Since then, I have learned so much from the DOC… Blogs, chats, twitter, you name it.

Since my diagnosis I realized that there are a lot of people who know nothing about diabetes either. So when the opportunity presents itself, I try to educate even if it’s just a little awareness. Everyone has the diabetic family member, but not as many know anything at all about diabetes. The more I learned, the more I shared.

I don’t hide my test kit, and test in public. It does sometimes start a conversation. I have no problem explaining why testing frequently is helpful & important. Everyone in my circle knows where my test kit is, where my insulin is, and where my glucagon is. A few of them have seen me in a pretty bad way with low bg, and have stepped into action when necessary to help.

At work, I don’t have a problem talking with co-workers or people I come in contact with. Sharing information and education is key. I’m no longer shocked at some of the things people think about diabetics or diabetes.

Change never comes quickly or easily. It’s one person at a time.

Thanks Hakima, for starting this blog. I am so disturbed to see the number of PWD, particularly in communities of people of color, that have been under- or misdiagnosed, and have fallen ill to a myriad of complications. It horrifies and saddens me when I see 40 and 50 s0methings who are sick tired and frustrated, but feel that they have no where to turn with there diabetes issues. They appear to desire for help and encouragement. Like you,I am passionate about aiding and educating and exhorting others whenever I can. I also test in public and take all prudent opportunities to tell others about our disease. I would rather do this by exhortation and encouragement rather than judgment, which is often the unfortunate manner of medical personnel . Thanks again for you effort and enthusiasm.

Sorry for the typos. It is early am and I do not think that you can edit blog postings.
God Bless,
Type 1 46 years

Wow thank u Brunetta for the insightful comment. And you are very correct!

If you want to check out other DBlog week posts, or add one yourself, here’s the link! I know you’d have some great things to say.


Great Post!

@Erin thank you!