Diabetes Awareness Month: the Roundtable

Before it is all over I wished to share with you this month’s JDRF Blogger Rountable, that includes a listing of us quite vocal D-Bloggers answering topical questions each month.   You guessed it — this month we discussed Diabetes Awareness efforts, and exactly what that means to us.

Some fave quotations from my colleagues:

Sandra Miller: “Diabetes awareness is important because it translates into a larger understanding of how (and by extension, empathy for) those living with the disease; an increased openness by schools, businesses, and other organizations to make accommodations when and where necessary; and a bigger amount of people supplying more vigorous support toward finding a remedy. I attempt to attract attention to our cause by encouraging newly diagnosed households online, via telephone, and in person, and by discussing (and debunking myths surrounding) the disease with anyone ready to listen.   I am also a diabetes faculty urge — acting as a resource for parents as they seek 504 protection to his or her children with diabetes, educating parents and school officials as far as possible throughout the procedure.”

Gina Capone: “Honestly, having an urge was the best thing I have ever done. It’s given me many chances to meet many great people. It’s given me a chance to make real differences in people’s lives. When someone thanks me for helping them, I get really emotional and I cry because I am so happy and I simply can’t believe I actually helped someone. There are instances that I need a rest and can feel overwhelmed and tired. When that happens I know it is time to have a rest. So I do it to keep my psychological state of mind”

Scott Strumello: “Above all else, consider your diabetes out of the cupboard, and by that, I am not hiding your testing, insulin doses or need for a treatment for lows.   By taking these items out of the perspective of the others, it creates diabetes (and all that goes with it) seem invisible instead of a disease that deserves to be cured.   For too long, we have enabled diabetes be characterized by others, and in the process, we have enabled the disease to be viewed as a nothing more than a minor inconvenience, and that should change if we need a remedy to take place in our lifetimes.”

You can read my own responses at the Roundtable, and here is yet another additional that didn’t get printed this month:

Personally, I think it’s crucial that we operate on awareness not only among the general public — to gain backing for significant legislation and funding for treatments and research — but also AMONG THE PATIENT COMMUNITY ITSELF.

That is to say, diabetes affects countless lives in this nation and around the world.   And far too few of those people have access to or suitable understanding of all of the powerful new tools that exist nowadays to help them live well with this particular disease and avoid the devastating complications.   We need to work on ‘bringing them into the loop’ That needs to be a priority!

Take 1 on diabetes consciousness!

Btw, again: I was recently interviewed over at Media Bullseye HERE.   Helping to increase awareness among New Media and Communications fans, too?


This naturally suggests another path for getting diabetes noticed on the planet’s most popular search engine.   Manny has updated the online request to be appropriate for 2009, so if you haven’t done so yet, please go and sign it HERE.   Thanks!

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