Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Faith Friday: Do Justice

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.

Tonight I went to my first local Adult Type 1 meet-up through JDRF. It was about 40 minutes away and I drove down there with a local T1 friend, giving us plenty of time to talk.

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 can’t doesn’t.

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

  • Scully says:

    There is one good part to this story of this girl’s life… She’s friends with YOU!

    November 11, 2011 at 9:46 am
  • Mike says:

    I want to give you a hug. You know, because this is a post that just makes you nod and smile as you read along and then BOOM, you just have a totally awesome ending thought of “This Sara is truly inspirational.”

    Thanks for sharing this, for being a part of your friend’s life, and for doing justice to those who deserve and need it. You’re good people.

    November 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm
  • victoria says:

    This post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Sara. It’s true. We are not doctors and we are quick to point that out. But we are examples of living with this disease. We have that experience in which no one can compare. Support IS everything. Even when I meet people who say they don’t need it, they do, but in different ways. Thanks Sara! Love!

    November 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm
  • Reyna says:

    Smiling. The support and knowledge gained through the DOC is invaluable…I am so glad this gal has you…and you, she. This connection is a win-win. Knowledge/support for her and some real-life validation for you (and us) in what we do by writing about our “day-in-the-life” with diabetes in the mix.

    November 12, 2011 at 6:53 am
  • shannon says:

    i’m so glad you made this connection. wow.

    December 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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