Today’s topic is 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.)
I came to the DOC looking simply for others who understood what it is like to live with diabetes, and I found just what I was looking for. But it turns out I also found so much more than I could ever imagine. I found a passionate group of people working to improve just about every aspect of life with diabetes. Emotional support, research funding, technological advances, access to medication for everyone in the world, safe and accurate devices, diabetes education . . . . the list goes on and on. And I have to say, I’m on board with just about every initiative out there. I’m proud to jump in and support these causes as much as I can (even if it often feels like I’m not doing enough.).
So which ones are closest to my heart? Where do I focus most of my energy? Well, connections and peer support still tops my list. Our old local T1 dinner group (originally created by Kerri) has joined forces with the Fairfield County JDRF Adults with T1 committee and we volunteer to help with planning there. It’s been great because we reach more people and have a better mix of events, with speakers sometimes instead of just dinners. And although I’ve never considered myself much of a fundraiser, I love serving as the Advocacy Team Chair for the New Haven JDRF chapter. I may suck at asking friends and family to donate to diabetes causes, but I have no problem lobbying to our political representative for the funding!
Of course, I’m also behind so many grassroots advocacy efforts because there are tons of fantastic people working on a lot of fantastic causes. And it’s easy to get caught up in feeling like I’m not doing enough. But perhaps it’s important to remember that if we each just do something, no matter how big or how small it may seem, together we can change the world.
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