Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dropping the ball. Or maybe the big blue circle

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. November 14th is World Diabetes Day. In the next 28 days, the DOC will be awash will all sorts of things to enlighten the the general public about all things diabetes.

And I'm kinda feeling like a failure on that front. I've dropped the ball. As much as I'd love to be an advocate, I'm just too burned out right now.

Because of things like strep throat.

Pump training.

And husbands travelling for the last 3 weeks.

Days when I fall into bed at midnight and realize I never got to eat dinner.

Or the time when my car died after I dropped Elise off at pre-school. Fred was out of town and our other car was at the airport.

I know, it's just life. But right now I feel ill-equipped to deal with one more thing. So I'm slacking on National Diabetes Awareness Month. I will probably forget to take part in the Big Blue Test. Or to wear blue on Friday. I missed sending in our address for the post card exchange. And forget about taking part in D-blog day... I'd like to, but all the preparation I'd need to do for it makes me want to cry.

Yeah, I'm a little stressed out.

But thankfully, there are some incredible NON-slackers in the DOC. People I can ride on the coat tails of. They are the ones who are rockin' this advocacy thing and I'd like to point them out:

Team Type 1 Running Across America
Duuuude, these people are my heroes. Every time I read about this, the song I Ran so Far Away comes to mind. Anyway, here's the skinny on this one (stealing this word for word from Meri's blog)... Starting in Oceanside, CA, 10 runners—all with type 1 diabetes— will run 3,000 miles to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes. The run will end in New York City on November 14, World Diabetes Day. Meanwhile, TrialNet will be racing to screen 3,000 people—one for every mile that Team Type 1 runs. This will bring the total number of people taking part in TrialNet research to 100,000. There is more info about the run at Laura's blog.

Cookbooks for a Cause
Speaking of Laura... her mother and her sisters (so, Laura's Aunts) have written cookbook. All proceeds going to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). To order one, visit Laura's blog.

The Big Blue Test:

Between Nov. 1 and 14, the good people from Diabetic Hands Association and Roche are asking you to do the following:

-Test your blood sugar
-Do some sort of activity for at least 14 minutes
-Test your blood sugar again
-Share your numbers here.

Roche will donate $75,000 in connection with the number of people that take part in the Big Blue Test. These funds will be re-granted among 6 humanitarian diabetes programs (1 international and 5 US-based) to support more than 8,000 people with diabetes in need.

World Diabetes Post Card Exchange
I'm thinking it's probably too late to participate, but it deserves a mention... Lee Ann from the Butter Compartment has organized a post card exchange for people dealing with diabetes from all over the world! What a cool concept. I wish I had gotten Elise's name in in time, but hopefully next year. Can't wait to see pictures of all the cards that were sent. Go here to read all about it!

Blue Fridays
(Again, stolen word for word from Meri)Blue Fridays is an initiative to bring attention to World Diabetes Day, and to advocate and bring awareness for diabetes and the people living with it. Diabetes is more than a national issue; it's a world epidemic. This year, Cherise from wants to rally the diabetes community to celebrate World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month by asking people to wear blue every Friday during the Month of November and on World Diabetes Day (November 14). How easy is this one? I think we can all get on board here!

D Blog Day
Gina from Diabetes Talkfest has decreed November 9th as D Blog Day (although you can participate whether you have a blog or not). To participate, take a piece of 12x12 paper and use your imagination to create a scrapbook page. There are some things Gina has asked you to include, click here to read more. On the 9th you can post the pic of your page on your blog, and then mail it in to Gina so she make a scrapbook from families all around the world! I also just read that you can still participate if making a scrapbook page makes you want to cry... this year topic is: Why you feel the Diabetes Online Community is so important? especially to you personally?

Princess and the Pump
Hallie (from the above-mentioned blog) will be hosting FOUR giveaways this month! Click here for more info!

National Health Blog Post Month
I'm not doing this (although so far I'm 2 for 2 this month!), but some of my best peeps will be posting every day all month long! Below is a list of those that I know are participating. If I missed you, just comment on my post and I'll add your name!




Happy National Diabetes Awareness Month!


  1. Hey Joanne, I think you do quite enough advocating to give yourself a break this time. I've just recently decided to up my advocacy and am going to try to do the WEGO National Health Blog thingy, although I'm 0 for 2 so far. I'm always late..... Hang in there!

  2. Joanne,
    I was told that you could use the homemade detergent in those washers.
    Thanks again for the card and for letting me know it is on the way :)
    You do a great job advocatiing!!
    Hope things slow down a bit for you...

  3. same same!!

    but it is funny I'm 2 for 2 right with you ;)

  4. Hi Joanne! Don't beat yourself're a great D advocate! So even if you're "dropping the ball" this month you more than make up for it throughout the rest of the year! Take care of yourself and Elise (and Fred and Mattias too). Hang in've got A LOT going on right now! I'm unofficially doing the whole National Health Blog thing...I've posted twice, but am pretty sure life will catch up with me and it will end up on the back burner.

  5. You're NOT dropping the ball. Personally, I think you're bouncing right along with that ball!
    Somedays I read your posts to my H and we agree that we're exhausted just reading about one day - You're an amazing mom so keep on mommying.

  6. dude, i get it. i think everyone reading this post gets it. sometimes we have it in us to participate in stuff like this, and sometimes we don't. it's no biggie.

    and thanks for reminding me about team type 1, i forgot to post about them in my roundup bloggy blog. i'm gonna try and make it out to cheer them on when they past through the near vicinity. :)

  7. cut yourself some slack...
    youre human. well, part pancreas also. and an awesome one at that ! xx.

  8. Thanks for the shout out ----
    You are so not a slacker! Same Same. See you tomorrow. :)

  9. Shhh...don't tell anyone...but I didn't do the walk this year.

    I know! We can only do what we can. And from I remember, you advocated and raised A LOAD of money for the cause! You are the last person who is dropping the ball. Do what you got to do! Love you!

  10. Thanks for the link, and the nice comment! Let the games begin!

  11. ditto...well, I just don't have it in me this year...I wonder if this month didn't fall around Isaac's diaversary if that would change things, maybe if it weren't TJ's birthday on world diabetes day I'd feel more desire to focus on d rather than my amazing husband...maybe, but who knows it is what it is. Here's to not going blue when going blue :) Have a great weekend!

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