New Thigh Thing?
At the JDRF Walk in Connecticut this year, I met with a woman named Joan Benz. She was tending a table of her homemade wares: specialty pump pouches and concealment cases. Joan is the founder of T&J Design.
Joan is the creator of a fantastic little product called "the leg cuff," and it's the Thigh Thing 2.0, as far as I'm concerned. I absolutely cannot STAND when I'm wearing my pump on some kind of strap around my thigh and it starts to FAIL. Nothing is more embarrassing than walking down the sidewalk towards my office and feeling that thigh strap start to slip, then slide down towards my knee, then tumble out from under my hemline - making me look like my undergarments are falling off me as I walk.
The leg cuff is different because it's a thicker piece of fabric and there's a lining that adds some extra grip to the whole thing. Because it is a wider structure, it isn't as apt to slide down while you walk. And because Joan makes these herself, specific to your measurements, the fit is precise and snug. You can get the leg cuff in black or white, which makes it pretty darn versatile. And you know what a fan I am of keeping the pump concealed and quasi-fashionable!
And while this whole leg cuff thing is a wicked cool product, there is something else that Joan makes that really tugged at my heartstrings. Joan creates these pump concealment pieces, ranging from the leg cuff to a more standard "pump pack." But she also makes pump packs that are doll-sized, helping a little kid with diabetes to feel more accepted and less alone with their disease. Each pack comes with a little cardboard, doll-sized pump. It's just about perfect.
I think having a "diabetic doll" is crucial to that acceptance stage, growing up with diabetes. I remember I had a Cabbage Patch Kid with blond yarn hair that I named "Carolyn," and she was diabetic. Just like me. Carolyn had to test before she ate. She took "injections," and she accompanied me to many pediatric endocrinologist appointments at Joslin. Even now, years later, I remember how Carolyn the Cabbage Patch Kid made me feel like I was normal. Or at least a new kind of normal. So, to me, Joan's idea is fantastic.
If you are looking for a good "thigh thing," check out T&J Design and tell Joan I said hello!
(Also, Joan was recently named the Outreach Coordinator for the Fairfield County JDRF Chapter - my local CT chapter - so hopefully she'll have a bigger outlet for her terrific product! Congrats on your new position, Joan!)