Last week for Faith Friday, I jokingly posted that I wear blue on Fridays for Diabetes Awareness Month because God says so. This week, I will tell you that I advocate for diabetes because God says so, but that’s no joke.
She’s on a pump, but honestly has had pretty crappy medical care. All the tips and tricks that I’ve picked up along the way, being part of the diabetes community, she has missed out on.
- She actually didn’t know what JDRF stood for until I told her, didn’t receive a Bag of Hope or Rufus, and has never participated in a walk or any other fundraising/support event.
- She wears a MiniMed pump because that is what her doctor told her to get.
- She has one basal rate, carb ratio, correction factor, etc because that is what her doctor programmed into her pump.
- She’s probably using the wrong infusion set for her body and most of the time it hurts.
- She didn’t know there were different lancing devices on the market and is using the dagger that comes with the OneTouch Mini.
- And of course the story that made in abundantly clear how the diabetes online community can help where a doctor
I tell you all that for one reason. If all of the things I listed above were working for her, I would say great – YDMV. But it’s not. In her words, she “feels awful” a lot.
We advocate because no one deserves to feel that way. We need to bring awareness to diabetes. People everywhere around the world and in our backyard deserve to know the causes and symptoms of diabetes, differing treatment options, and sometimes most importantly all the support available in person and online.
That is advocacy. That is justice.
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
~ Micah 6:8