The Hunt is On... And I'm not talking about Red October here. Check out what we're doing in Central Indiana as far as reaching out and connecting with Adult Type 1s, a sometimes forgotten segment of the diabetic population in the JDRF's eyes. You can read about it here at The Diabetic's Corner Booth. Please, let me know what you think, any outreach ideas you have, or if you're an Adult Type 1 in Indiana who wants to connect! Thanks.
Let me quote a little bit of history from “Bittersweet: Diabetes, Insulin, and the Transformation of Illness” by John Christopher Feudtner:
“…, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation was established in 1970 by parents of diabetic children. These parents, angered that a definitive cure for juvenile diabetes still was not in hand—and that the ADA seemed complacent—created an organization that has since generated substantial public interest and research funds for finding a cure.”
At the time, the ADA was seen as just helping the diabetics of the time manage their condition. And today, given the drift of the ADA, we have developed such low level of expectation of the ADA that we look the JDRF to fill the role of worrying about the welfare of diabetics today. And I guess we have to give the JDRF some credit for changing. After all they have undertaken a major effort towards an artificial pancreas.
Just some thoughts.