I’ve always thought Rufus was pretty cute, so when the JDRF link for their Bag of Hope flew by in my Facebook feed, I clicked. (Rufus is my clickbait.)
According to the website, the Bag of Hope includes (but isn’t limited to):
- Rufus Comes Home, A First Book for Understanding Diabetes, reference books
- A JDRF DVD
- An ACCU-CHEK® Nano SmartView blood glucose meter
- Informational postcard about the support Lilly Diabetes offers families with a bookmark
- Lilly Diabetes literature on severe hypoglycemia management
- A Novo Nordisk key chain Webkey with details on the NovoPen Echo® reusable insulin pen
- A Novo Nordisk postcard with information on T1D support from novologreach.com
- A Road ID bracelet for Rufus, as well as a discount coupon for a Road ID bracelet for your child
- Dexcom® continuous glucose monitor educational brochure and water bottle
I don’t know if the Bag of Hope was a thing when I was diagnosed in 1986, but the fact that they exist now is awesome. I love this. I love the thought that a family dealing with a diabetes diagnosis has proof of life after diagnosis, right there in a bag. It helps connect people to the JDRF, but most importantly, it helps connect people with people.
But if there’s anything we’ve learned in the last 30 years, it’s that type 1 diabetes diagnoses are not limited to kids. Adults are being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Adults are living with diabetes. And they still need a good dose of hope here and there, too.
The JDRF has their T1D Care Kit, which is awesome, a PWD can dream, rightt? What would I stick in a Bag of Hope for Adults with T1D?
Here’s my wishlist [note: already being edited]:
- You Can Do This Project bracelet
- Diabetes Advocates brochure for a smattering of DOC
- A Tallygear goodie or two
- Pump Peelz decals to dress up your devices
- A copy of Balancing Diabetes (please? and thank you)
- Jar of GlucoLift to treat pesky low blood sugars
- The clever Timesulin cap
- Information on Students with Diabetes and The College Diabetes Network
- Something shiny from Lauren’s Hope
- A copy of One Lump or Two?
- JDRF Walk and Ride information
- A copy of Think Like a Pancreas
- Information on the #dsma Twitter chats and DSMA Live radio show
- Newly Diagnosed Adult T1D toolkit or Adult T1D Toolkit
- Information on athletic organizations like Insulindependence and Connected in Motion
- Brochures for the Children with Diabetes “Friends for Life” and TCOYD national conferences
- Spare a Rose, Save a Child brochure
I’m fueled by a bunch of bias with these selections, and I know I’m missing a bunch of things that, once I hit “post,” I’ll have to go back and add to the list, but this is my starter list.
What would you want to see included in an outreach bag for adults with type 1 diabetes?