Diabetes Goodie Bag.
Over the past few weeks, I've received some terrific diabetes-related products and information from people out there who are aiming to make a difference. Ranging from support groups to bracelets, it's time to help spread the word. (Note: I received all of these products as samples and have not paid for these items, nor have I been paid to talk about these items.)
First off, some bracelets from Lauren's Hope came in the mail. I had a bit of an addiction to beaded medical alert bracelets a few years ago, and this care package seems to have reignited my love for something diabetes-related and delicate. The beaded samples were beautiful (pictures coming on Flickr later today) and there was also a very cool waterproof/adjustable/washable bracelet that would be great for active little kids ... or active grown ups. :) If you are looking for some medical alert jewelry options that are a little different and fun, check out Lauren's Hope.
I also received a sample from Stephanie Cion at WellAlarm, and she was kind enough to answer a few questions about their unique service (interview will be posted later next week). The charm itself is sleek and classy looking, and has a sophisticated look, considering it's intended for medical use. There is a PIN on the back of the charm that, if someone called the number and punched in the code, they'd have access to my medical information. I think this is a unique service and has some potentially life-saving benefits, but I have to admit - the idea that dropping this charm on the ground leaves my information potentially vulnerable. (Important note: "regular medical information" can also be engraved on the charm, so it's not just a PIN code.) WellAlarm has received some good press this morning already, being featured in this morning's HARO newsletter. I'm curious to see where this product lines goes.
Bob Hawkins sent me a copy of his terrific book, The Joy Of Diabetes. I'm a huge fan of anything that helps to raise awareness for diabetes in a way that's easy for people to understand and identify with. Bob writes about his 45+ years with type 1 diabetes in a way that isn't intimidating. His little cartoon avatar explores everything from alcohol to exercise to aiming for the joy in life. I definitely recommend his book, and you can order a copy from his website.
And I heard from Katie, one of my readers in NYC, that she's starting a support group which is meeting fro the first time on November 18th at the Friendman Diabetes Institute. According to the flyer, "This group is open to members of the public who are young women living with diabetes. There is no cost for participation. The group will be self-led however there will always be a staff member from Friedman Diabetes Institute available during the meetings. We are creating a place to talk with others about living with diabetes, particularly as young adult women. If you think this group is for you, it probably is. Please get in touch and let us know that you are interested and if you can make it to the first meeting." For more details, check out this flyer and email Katie at DiabetesNYC [at] gmail [dot] com.
One other thing, for all your vloggers out there: The JDRF, Discovery Health, and Novo Nordisk are calling for video submissions for their Young Voices: Life With Diabetes program. Videos are being accepted until November 1st, so get cracking! The videos should be "highlighting your attitudes, wishes, and needs for how the next U.S. president can help defeat this disease." Okay, easy enough. The website states: "For video submissions, Novo Nordisk will donate $10 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help fund research leading to a cure for type 1 diabetes. For teams, group entries, or multiple videos submitted by an individual, a single donation of $10 will be made. Novo Nordisk will make a total donation of up to $25,000." For more information, visit the Young Voices website and raise your voice! :)
That's all for the goodie bag today, aside from piles of tissue paper that Siah is already dancing around in.
Oh, one last thing: I bet I'm the last person on the whole damn internet to see this video clip, but have you caught the drunken Orsen Wells commercial? The moment at 0:51 made me laugh so hard that I watched it several times over. "MmWaaaHaaa ... the Frensh!"