This is my second year participating in Diabetes Blog week. Last year I enjoyed reading everyone's blogs and seeing different opinions and statement on the same topic. Can't wait to see what is written this year.
Day one's prompt is Change 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. (Thanks go out to Kim of Texting my Pancreas for inspiring this topic.)
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not very outspoken. I am not one to get "fired up" about things. But having a daughter, especially a daughter with Type 1 Diabetes has change things. I will advocate and fight for her and speak up for her, because at this point she cannot do it for herself.
I fight the insurance company to get the supplies she needs to stay alive and healty. I am her advocate with the school, making sure she is safe at school, on the bus and at any after school activities. I educate teachers at school, daycare, dance and Sunday school about Type 1 diabetes so that she will be safe when in their care. I educate her friend's parent and family members so that they will feel comfortable when she is at their home. I participate in JDRF fundraisers so hopefully someday there will be a cure.
I teach my daughter that diabetes cannot stop her. I teach her to care for herself so that she can be independent. I teach her that she can do anything and eat anything that she did before diabetes . I teach her that diabetes is not her fault or my fault or anyone's fault.
I may not formally advocate for diabetes, but I feel I advocate and educate every day. Just on a smaller scale.