I can’t believe we have moved into another year of the awesome week of Diabetes related blogs. I am very excited to once again write 4 days worth of posts and come up with a stupid excuse as to why I cannot write for 7 days straight. Here’s hoping I manage the whole week.
Karen is not making our lives easy this week. I mean I would have at least made today somewhat of an easy day. But alas Karen is not like that.
Today’s topic is all about changing the world. “Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you.”
I thought about this topic for a bit. I am not an advocate to the level that many of my friends are. For the longest time I truly let that bother me. However, as time has moved on, I am beginning to realize my place in the entire diabetes related world. I am more of a support system than the face of something. What I do, is behind the scenes work on so many levels and let others be the face of what needs to be done.
I am a huge proponent of the You Can Do This Project, I love everything that this project is about and I will help bring others to their own awareness of said project. The past two summers I have helped Kim and crew at Friends for Life, spread the message of what the You Can Do This Project is all about. I think that is something that is so important.
Plus I got to hang out with some pretty awesome people too.
Spreading that simple message of not letting diabetes keep you down is important in this day and age and something I will continue doing. Recently, I have found a new group of people to play Ultimate Frisbee with. It was interesting to find out that many of them are tied to the local diabetes camp in my area. (One that I never really knew existed when I was first diagnosed.) As we have slowly been hanging out together, I am hoping to be able to figure out how to spread the project to this camp as well. (As long as Kimpants lets me.) I guess I need to ask her about this eventually.
This is my plan. This is how I am changing the world. Is it BIG, some people may say yes, others will say it is enough, others probably not enough. I really don’t care. What I am doing is hoping to bring about change in anyway, to help those who have type-1 realize they are not alone and there are other people out there who have been through what they are going through.
Bwahahahaha, I absolutely will not make the first day . . . or the week . . . . easy on you. (Yes, that was supposed to be my evil laugh. But you knew that, right?)
I don’t know – you certainly look like the face of advocacy to me. Thanks for all you do!!
You are kinda evil…. Just saying.
You know how I feel about your advocacy. 🙂
Thank you for everything you do to help YCDTP, Brian.
Yes, yes I do.
Sounds to me like you’re doing exactly the right amount of advocacy for you. And making a big difference along the way.
behind the scenes advocacy is often the best kind. sometimes its the knowing that I can vent to a safe and supportive ear, sometimes its the ways you make me laugh which is often when I need a laugh the most, mostly its knowing that diabetes hasn’t kept you from doing all you’ve wanted and hoping my kids grow up to be as amazing as you.
I love the YCDT project. Great Post!
I really enjoy the awkwardness of that picture of us! 🙂
I don’t see it as awkward, I see it as a giant and his friend. I see it as us having fun. I see it as a non-sara face, Sara picture.