I am sure everyone knows that November is Diabetes Month, and November 14th is World Diabetes Day.
Well, ok, that is a lie – I had no idea about these months and days before I joined in with the Diabetes Online Community. It is amazing how many things you learn from the internet.
By any means though, it is our day, and our chance to tell the world our story, and why it matters. It is dedicated to both type 1 and type 2 diabetics, but we can certainly make sure that people distinguish between the two and let them know how each disease is unique.
The International Diabetes Federation has set up a website dedicated to the event: http://www.idf.org/worlddiabetesday/
Check it out and see updates on planned activites, news stories about the event, and ideas about unique things we can do to spread the message.
Of course, here at the JDCA we will be jumping on board the train and getting our message across – what we will be doing precisely, besides wearing blue, remains to be decided, but we will keep you updated. The general public who usually don’t care that much about diseases that don’t affect them are often interested when they hear of a day focused on one condition in particular. We must use it to spread awareness, connect with other diabetics, and buffer up our presence. We feel that we are making small steps towards a cure with our advocacy every day, but World Diabetes Day is an opportunity for a giant leap.
Are there any special things that you will be doing? Events in your city you will be participating in? For the activists who plan on talking to people – which diabetes related issues do you plan on focusing on?
It is good to think about these things in advance – who knows, you might have a mic stuck in your face on Nov. 14