Big Blue Test

by Leighann on November 1, 2010

Yes, diabetes is every. single. day.

But did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14, specifically, is World Diabetes Day?

The first or second WDD day after our daughter’s diagnosis, I remember watching a video about the state of diabetes around the world. I was so saddened to learn that children around the world do not receive the insulin and supplies they need to survive and thrive. Some children rarely get medical attention and some families make huge sacrifices to get their children to doctors miles and miles away from their homes.

I count myself and our family lucky that we live in a developed nation, that we have health coverage, that we have options, and that we have what we need.

Yes, it is a hardship to go to the endocrinologist 200 miles away several times a year. But we have a car and paid leave from work and insurance to pay the bill.

Yes, the insurance company sometimes raises co-pays or makes us jump through hoops. But we have insurance!

What can you do to help children who need insulin get it? It’s really as simple as watching a video.

Did you just watch that video? You did? A child with diabetes just received one week’s worth of insulin. Really.

The video is a collaboration between Manny Hernandez of the Diabetes Hand Foundation, David Edelman of Diabetes Daily, and Riva Greenberg of Diabetes Stories. “Roche has committed to donate $75,000 which will be split between International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program and Insulin For Life, in proportion to the number of views the video gets between Nov. 1 and Nov. 14.”

In order for Roche to donate the full $75K, the video must get 100,00 views between now and November 14th.

So watch it and tell everyone you know to watch it. E-mail it. Embed it on Facebook. Tweet using the #bigbluetest hashtag and a link to You could even shout it from the rooftops.

Big Blue Test

Have you heard of the “Big Blue Test?” The Diabetes Hand Foundation is once again asking people to check their blood sugar, exercise for 14 minutes, check your blood sugar again on November 14th. You can share your results on the Big Blue Test website as well as sharing on Twitter (#bigbluetest).

NaBloPoMo 2010Call me foolish if you will, but I’m once again taking on the annual NaBloPoMo challenge. Yes, an entire month of posting every. single. day.

Read all of my NaBloPoMo 2010 posts.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Wendy November 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm

GREAT POST! I’ll definitely take The Big Blue Test!

PS – Looks like a bunch of bloggers are taking the NaBloPoMo challenge for November — I have a blogroll started on my sidebar and will add you now!


2 Leighann November 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Wendy- Thank you for adding me to your NaBloPoMo blog roll! I’ll write a post this month specifically about it and link to you 🙂

I’ve done it a couple of times and it can become grueling, but at least this year they are saying to take the weekends off by posting photos or videos.


3 Holly at Tropic of Mom November 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Good for you! I posted it on a forum where I am a discussion leader and also on my personal Facebook, and when Twitter calms down, I will be doing that too.


4 Leighann November 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Thank you Holly! I really appreciate you getting the word out outside of the diabetes community.


5 Amy Scheer November 3, 2010 at 7:49 am

I’ve worked in homeless shelters. I’ve seen people hungry and sleeping on the streets. But nothing moved me more than to read about something I knew was true but didn’t dare think on: poor children who can’t get insulin. Three months after a type 1 diagnosis for my own child, the thought that other young ones can’t get this basic lifesaver is beyond distressing.

I plan to show the video to my kids in the hope that this personal connection will move them to help others.


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