'Tis the Season
Views From Facebook
|I think diabetes may actually help me live longer. It has made me aware of my diet and how what I put in my body affects all of my life.
|I am a very strong, conscientious patient, but despite all of my hard work, I do truly suffer. The idea that kids and babies are getting diagnosed all the time breaks my heart. … Please join the fight to stop this from ruining/ending the lives of so many.
|This disease is completely manageable if you educate yourself and aggressively address it rather than just waiting to respond when something bad happens.
|My [medical ID] bracelet says "Be as you are"—helps me to remember every day to accept the diabetes and to work on it every day—through diet, exercise, and attitude!
|My son is type 1 diabetic, diagnosed at 12 a little over a year ago. I posted a picture of hugs, because in addition to the countless fingerpricks, we give countless hugs to get through the day.
—Shirell Brinley Mollo
I'm stumped about what would be the proper greeting for American Diabetes Month.
Happy American Diabetes Month? Merry American Diabetes Month? Such glad tidings seem inappropriate, although I am delighted to celebrate the resilience and courage of people in our diabetes community.
I turned to a few wise folks on Facebook (see "Views From Facebook," right) for some help in finding the right words. Their comments are in response to the American Diabetes Association's A Day in the Life of Diabetes project, which asks you to upload an image that expresses what it means to you to be affected by diabetes. Visit facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation to join in. It's heartening to see and read the thoughtful responses so far.
The photos will help express what it means that nearly 26 million people are living with diabetes in America—and that millions more are on the verge of joining us. Click here to see other key diabetes statistics—there's certainly some good news about our fight against complications.
As a reader of Diabetes Forecast, you're keeping on top of the most current research and best treatments. In this issue, for example, learn more about keeping your mouth in good condition (click here) and how diabetes may affect your sexual health (click here). And, of course, enjoy hearing from others with diabetes, through letters, tips, and the always popular Reflections essay (click here).
As you and I know so well, our diabetes community is a rich mosaic of people and experiences all year long. But this month is special; I hope that you'll take an extended moment to celebrate how far we've come in battling this disease. And enjoy sincere good wishes for a full and healthy future.
Kelly Rawlings, PWD* type 1
*Person with diabetes