Just the other day I received a note in my inbox from a high school buddy expressing concern over the escalating posts on my feed related to Diabetes, “Are you okay?” he asked, “just want to check you’re not getting worse.” I had to think about my reply.
Am I okay? Well of course. Is my condition worsening? It’s just the same as it ever was. But isn’t it great that somebody noticed.
If just one person is made more aware of the millions of us out there dealing with this incurable and sometimes unmanageable disease is that enough?
This month I made it my business to step up and share in as many ways as possible why I feel more people should know about Diabetes. The more we can advocate, the more likely others will come onboard and help raise much needed funds in all sorts of arenas. It’s not just that we need to raise money for a cure. We also need to raise money for those in countries less fortunate, where Insulin is unaffordable or where continuous glucose monitors are unavailable.
Diabetes should never be a death sentence but for some, without adequate medication, it is. Before I was diagnosed I never even considered the fall out from this disease and I assumed like everyone else that Insulin was the next best thing to a cure. But I have learned so much in the last year about how complicated and difficult management is. From the outside it looks easy, but from the inside? Not so much….
With just two days left to the end of Diabetes Awareness Month I wonder… did I press the like button enough?
Urged by my fellow advocates I scrolled back over my FB activity log and had a look at what I’d achieved. Bear with me it’s a bit of a roll call.
- Joined the JDRF Type 1 looks like me campaign and changed my profile Pic and shared a link for Diabetes Awareness Month
- Shared the Beyond Type 1 Million Dollar campaign and made a donation
- My personal story of how I thrive was published in a #1 Best Seller called “Unleash your Diabetes Dominator” by Daniele Hargenrader and was interviewed by Daniele for her YouTube Series
- Had my story published in Insulin Nation
- Created a survey to find out what would motivate diabetics to bring yoga into their daily management program
- Participated in the Insulin4all campaign to put the world back in world diabetes day – a program created by Type 1 International
- Published 3 blogs, posted memes, filled out surveys, voted for funding for projects like The Betes
- Wrote a piece for Beyond Type 1
- Wrote a story for Diabetes Counselling online here in Australia
- Started a Yoga for Diabetes YouTube Channel
- Sent out my first Yoga for Diabetes Newsletter
- Started a study with Type 1 Diabetics to see how Yoga supports them in their daily management
- Connected my cousin who runs a program called CrowdMed to see if he could help a young woman with Type 1 who also has a mystery illness, get closer to a cure
- Celebrated my 7 year Diaversary ( anniversary of my diagnosis)
- Donated to A Sweet Life
Looking back on the last month I can’t help but feel proud. I’ve stayed focussed and committed to spreading more awareness in ways that are meaningful to me as a yogini and writer. As the work of the last month makes room for the holiday season, I hope all of us whether diabetic or not will continue to spread the word. Lets bring Both types of diabetes to the forefront of peoples minds and truly work together towards a cure!
With great respect….Rachel