Today’s topic: What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog?
A little backstory: When I was at university and living in the dorm, this was tacked on my door.
There are days when I feel like we are all going to hell in a hand basket if we don’t stick together. Diabetes can be fatal, debilitating, and maddening. It has also brought me some of the best friends I could have ever asked for and a tribe of like-minded people.
So, my message is this: Diabetes can suck. Hard. But when you reach out and share the realities of living day-to-day with it, you find that others not only have the same experiences, but they may have insight on how to make it suck less. And as you learn to make it suck less, you find ways to raise your voice and share how it could suck less with people outside of the tribe… like policy makers.
I want to make diabetes suck less. And be real about it. And take action.
Here is how I try to make diabetes suck less:
The Diabetes UnConference (This is where you can find your tribe and love them hard.)
Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (You can make diabetes suck less for over 29 million of your tribe – including you, by taking action.)
And if I’m going to wonder what I am doing in this hand basket,
at least we will all be wondering together.
Shout out to the amazing Karen Graffeo of Bittersweet Diabetes fame for creating this annual event (7 years running!). It’s wonderful to read so many posts and discover new blogs and new voices.