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Spare a Rose

Spare a Rose: 2015 Results.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Insulin By February 25, 2015 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

This year, the total raised for IDF’s Life for a Child program through the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign was $24,229. We aimed to raise money and awareness for kids in developing countries who are without resources and insulin, and we raised money.  And awareness.  For the third year running, the diabetes community as a whole pledged their…

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Spare a Rose, Save a Child.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community By January 13, 2015 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

From February 1 – 14, the diabetes online community is hosting our annual Spare A Rose campaign.  You remember that one, right?  The one where you send eleven roses instead of twelve on Valentine’s Day, taking the value of that saved rose (averaged out to $5) and donating that to the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program, which…

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Missing Meter.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By December 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

The initial search through my bag was kind of nonchalant.  “Where is my meter bag?”  Bright pink with a smiling bear on one side, it’s a hard bag to misplace, even in the seemingly unending abyss of my purse. But the flurry of leaving the house that morning to catch an early flight left me mentally snowed-in.  I brought it…

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Guest Post: No Child Should Die of Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Exercise & Fitness, Guest Diabetes Blogger By October 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

Veerle Vanhuyse is off and running … literally.  Verlee lives with type 1 diabetes and is running the NYC Marathon in a few weeks, aiming to raise awareness and funds for the IDF’s Life for a Child program.  Today, I’m proud to be hosting a post from Veerle about her marathon goals! *   *   * A quarter of a century…

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February Comes Fast.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By October 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Chris always sums up Spare a Rose in the same way:  “It’s so simple. So sticky. And so important.” Because it is. February is fast-approaching (Don’t act like you don’t know – it’s October today!  Time refuses to stand still.) and now is the time to start thinking about how you and your company can participate in the Spare a…

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Masterlab: Tides are Rising.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By June 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

In the last ten years, the DOC has evolved from a small pocket of voices to an entire choir that can’t be housed in one town, or state, or even country.  I love seeing more hands raised and more people saying, “Me, too!” and providing support and understanding for one another.  Patient stories matter.  Our stories matter. The DOC is…

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D-Blog Week: Change One Life, Change the World.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 15 Comments

My reasons for sharing my story of a life with type 1 diabetes were few, but definitive:  I felt alone.  I wanted to feel less alone, because the whole “feeling alone” thing was wrecking some havoc on my emotional health.  I didn’t have many peers, in my life, who were living with diabetes, and the Internet offered very little in…

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What’s Your Itch?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By April 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 16 Comments

My “diabetes advocacy itch” has always been emotional health.  I’m not a doctor and I don’t know everything about type 1 diabetes, but I do know that I pay more attention to my diabetes when my head is in a healthy space, and being tuned in to diabetes improves outcomes, for me.  Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, upset … any kind of…

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Official Spare a Rose Totals.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By February 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Official totals for the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign came in at $27,265.17, from 832 donations.  Below is a second letter from Dr. Graham Ogle, thanking our community for our participation:   [Link to full-size PDF file] I love how community efforts gave rise to a beautiful message from the DOC to our friends, globally.  And I also…

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Spare a Rose.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By January 31, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

They’re so often a symbol of love and romantic relationships, but lovely as they are, roses wilt within a week or two, and eventually end up discarded. Five dollars per rose, sixty dollars for a dozen. But the cost of those roses can provide life-sustaining insulin for a child with diabetes for an entire year. Through the Spare a Rose,…

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