When I compiled 30 diabetes thoughts, one for each day of Diabetes Awareness Month, I knew that some of them would resonate with people affected by diabetes.
What I never anticipated was how widely the graphics would be shared on social media.
Sometimes I feel that diabetes awareness is preaching to the choir. Yes, it helps us feel less alone. But for it truly to be diabetes awareness, we need to reach those outside of our own diabetes online community (DOC) to help educate those who may not know as much as those of us living in the trenches.
The great thing about “sharing” on Facebook is that it gets seen by those viewing your timeline. And even if each of your friends only learns one new thing about diabetes this month, that’s a win for diabetes awareness and advocacy.
(And, yes, please feel free to share the graphic about artificial sweeteners on your great aunt’s timeline so that she stops buying sugar-free candy for your little one despite telling her 100 times that it’s not necessary.)
So keep hitting “share” and “like” each time you see one of the diabetes awareness thoughts because in just one week together on Facebook we have reached a gazillion people. Okay, technically we have reached 87,718 people. But that’s a whole heck of a lot of awareness raising in just one week!
Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.