Sound the Alarm: Diabetes Alert Day
Today, March 25th, is Diabetes Alert Day. This awareness campaign is aimed at people becoming more aware of type 2 diabetes and taking a few minutes to assess their own diagnosis potential. dLife has a whole section dedicated to Diabetes Alert Day and a quick quiz to help you assess your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Now this is all well and good for raising awareness for the type 2 community. All awareness is good. And as Amy noted, there are ways to get involved to benefit the type 1 community, too. But I would love to have a day dedicated to raising awareness for type 1 diabetes. Often, type 1 is pooled together with type 2 diabetes, causing society to look at me and wonder if my diabetes is "bad" or "uncontrolled" because I'm using an insulin pump or testing every hour or meticulously counting carbohydrates. I want people to know that my diabetes is not manageable with a pill or with exercise and diet alone - people need to understand that type 1 requires a whole different cure than its type 2 counterpart. This is not to point a finger of blame at anyone with type 2 (because I HATE the blame game), but more to highlight the fact that education does not prevent type 1 diabetes, as it can help to prevent type 2 diabetes.
So I'm proposing that Monday, April 14th be a day of diabetes awareness focusing on the type 1 community. Blog about it. Contact your local JDRF chapters and see what you can do to raise awareness. Help your friends and family understand how living with type 1 diabetes has affected your life and what they can do to help the progress towards a cure. Find out more about the progressive research of such pioneers as Dr. Denise Faustman. See what you can do to make a difference.
We may be a smaller group, but I have this sneaking suspicion we can be loud. The more people who hear us, the more impact we will have.