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Make a Difference For One.

An ode to the community I respect so much, and one that doesn’t simply exist “online.”  Diabetes advocacy takes shape in the smallest actions – you don’t have to be a “blogger” in order to make a difference. 

Make a Difference for One.

We’re united by beta cells on a long break.
We’re united by know just how much it takes
To pinch hit for pancs that gave up on producing
The hormone we use for blood sugar reducing.

It’s bigger than blogging. It’s bigger than Twitter.
It’s bigger than sharing photos of no-hitters.
It’s more than just Facebook; it’s more than the Tumblr.
It’s more than the lab work or A1C number.

It’s a group of compatriots, joined at the point
Where their betas up and vacated the joint.
But the group isn’t limited to those with the D.
It’s for those who are touched even casually.

If you blog – you’re in. If you Tweet, you’re in, too.
If you wish you did these but no time, it’s still cool.
Social media isn’t what makes you a part;
It’s those hiccuping betas, and an increase of heart.

Every way that you raise up your voice is what counts
Awareness is spread in big and small amounts.
No reach is too small and no efforts too rife.
Make a difference for one and you’ve just changed a life.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Naturally I beatboxed while rapping it in a De La style but yeah, I dig it and agree!

    01/15/14; 12:43 pm
  2. Very cool and creative…

    And that last line makes the task seem so easy, yet so vitally powerful.

    01/15/14; 1:02 pm
  3. Thanks for this – your timing is great. I often underestimate the impact we can have on just one person. While I would wish for more blog hits, or that more people would ask the kinds of questions that I could answer and really help them understand what it’s like to be T1D, I need to be content to know that I can also help one person at a time. Certainly, there are individuals who have helped me immensely and I wouldn’t ever want to forget the impact they have had!

    01/15/14; 1:32 pm
  4. Annette #

    Love it.says it all in a really fun way.

    01/15/14; 4:38 pm
  5. Yes. :-)

    01/15/14; 6:14 pm
  6. Dear Kerry,
    what a terrific piece of poetry, just perfect,
    you really are multidimensional and we are really fortunate to have you.
    thanks so very much,
    health and good fortune for 2014.
    May the beta cells be with us sometime again,
    david wilson
    melbourne
    ps twitter still escapes me!

    01/15/14; 7:13 pm

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