For several weeks, I was flipping open the charging port on my t:slim insulin pump and plugging it in while I was in the shower. But then I noticed the charging port cover was looking a little worse for the wear, and I connected with a friend about best practices. (“Best practices” standing in for “How the hell do you charge this thing without breaking the door off?”)
Turns out the door swivels. And swiveling the door keeps it from ripping.
In 2016 the diabetes community, both online and off, made a huge difference for children with type 1 diabetes in developing countries. This year’s Spare a Rose campaign raised $25,331 from 537 donations, saving 422 children.
Read that again, please?
Four hundred and twenty-two children.
Through the endless generosity of people in this community, donating their time to share the message, their ability to rally support, and their willingness to give both emotionally and financially, we helped save the lives of 422 children.
Since the beginning of the Spare a Rose campaign back in 2013, we’ve directly influenced the lives of 1,422 children in 36 countries. This is a big deal. Each number in that 1,422 represents a single kid, no longer struggling for access. Imagine if that were your kid. Imagine if that were you.
Thank you to the companies who participated and matched donations, who shared it with their employees, and who threw their social media muscle behind the effort. Thank you to the individual members of the DOC who, far and wide, shared the donation link and their reasons for believing. Thank you to Life for a Child for providing a way for small change to make a big difference.
And thank YOU. This campaign is effective because everyone owns it, and everyone benefits from it. The lives of these children are improved because of you. You shared the donation link. You told your coworkers. You reached into your own pocket and spared five dollars. Every voice matters.
The difference we made as a community, for our community, is because of you.
Do you know the source of this image? Please let me know so I can link!
“Miss! Your tail!” the lady behind me called out, touching my elbow.
I looked behind me and sure enough, my insulin pump tubing – my tail – had come loose from underneath my shirt and wrapped itself around the metal shelving at CVS. I was two steps away from pulling out my site, three steps away from jacking up the shelf of Maybelline cosmetics.
“Thank you!” I said, walking back quickly and disengaging my tubing from the shelf, not before knocking over a display of wide-eyed Beanie Boos.
Awkwardness. Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s diabetes.
This could not be more brilliant. Or, sadly, more true.
Time to bust up the buzzwords and hold organizations accountable for their claims.
[the image says 2013 Copyright SocialMediaPearls but I couldn’t find a direct link to this cartoon on that website … if you know the source of this material, please let me know so I can properly credit]
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