{Diabetes Awareness Month} Wisdom from the DOC

by Leighann on November 25, 2013

Diabetes Awareness Month 2013Every single day during the month of November, which is Diabetes Awareness Month, I will share a fact, tip, or thought across my social media channels: Twitter and Facebook.

Most snippets will be about 140 characters, the allowable length of a tweet. Some might be longer.

If you see one of them on Twitter or Facebook, please retweet or share to help raise awareness to your friends and family who may not know much about diabetes.

A Little Help From My Friends

The friends I have made online (and in person) over the past five years have so much collective wisdom when it comes to managing diabetes that I couldn’t let Diabetes Awareness Month pass by without asking them what fact, tip, or thought they would share.

Mike Lawson, famous for his YouTube videos, says:

“Sometimes diabetes is not the reason. It’s possible to get sick and it has nothing to do with your blood glucose level.”

Manny Hernandez, President of Diabetes Hands Foundation, says:

“We invite the #DOC to do the #BigBlueTest. Easy way 2 combine exercise (which is key 4 diabetes management) with making a difference in the lives of people with diabetes in need.”

Congratulations, they met their goal!

Tom Karlya, known as Diabetes Dad, says:

“”Don’t Do Nothing” cuz no one will do it for us.”

Cherise Shockley, who is the founder of Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA) and Blue Fridays Initiative, says:

“Diabetes is a pain in the donkey, but do not allow it to steal your joy.”

Ginger Vieira, diabetes coach and author, says:

“I think the “secret” to living well with diabetes comes down to understanding and remembering that there will be ups and downs, really hard times and much easier times. There will be phases of your life where everything is working in conjunction with your blood sugar needs: you have time to eat well, exercise, think carefully about insulin doses and blood sugar checks. And then, there will be times in your life when everything is working against you as a diabetic: you’re stressed at work, going through a breakup, no time for cooking or thinking carefully about your nutrition, barely able to make it to the gym once a week, and feeling constantly overwhelmed by out of whack blood sugars.

Ups and downs. To be able to step back and say, “Okay, I’m in a rough patch…I need to take a deep breath and do the best I can in this moment” is a secret little trick to enduring a life with this chronic illness.”

Kristina Proffitt, author of the blog One Happy Mama, says:

“We all have fears about diabetes, but you can’t let those fears become bigger than your hopes and dreams for your child. They can do ANYTHING. We just have to let them. ♥”

Scott Benner, author of Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal and Arden’s Day, says:

“Don’t stop, don’t give up. Some days will bring the weight of the world to you, don’t stop. There will be times that those days turn into weeks, don’t give up. There is a wonderment of understanding on the other side of your struggle and it’s worth getting to.”

Hope Warshaw, author of several books published by ADA including Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, says:

“Find a smart compassionate healthcare provider (or two) to help you and your family navigate, deal with diabetes. Not easy, but with strength, knowledge you can succeed.”

Bennet Dunlap, founder of StripSafely.com a campaign for meter accuracy, says:

“For people living with it, diabetes isn’t a month, it is a 24/7/365 balancing act. That balance hinges on blood glucose readings. We, PWDs, need to be sure policy makers know accuracy matters. #StripSafely”

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