For the 5th year in a row, diabetes online writers from all over the world will be participating in a solid week’s worth of informative, educational, and inspirational blog posts. To find out everything you need to know about Diabetes Blog Week, click on the button to the right.
Can you join a blog party that’s already been going on for 5 years?
Yes, I’m going to jump in for the first time ever this week. That’s 7 blog posts in 7 days. OMG. Let’s get the party started.
Today’s topic: Change the World – Monday 5/12
Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you. (Thanks go out to Kim of Texting my Pancreas for inspiring this topic.)
Changing the world?
A few years ago, I won’t say how many, a very “Zen” co-worker of mine was fond of quoting inspirational slogans to inspire team members to overcome our every day, routine work challenges. At the time, my personal guru was a very non-Zen spiritual leader named Vince Lombardi, legendary head coach of my Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
Needless to say, we didn’t have a lot in common. Funny thing, two decades later — after spending many days, weeks, months and years working with volunteers at the local and state level to raise awareness and the critical funds for Type 1 diabetes research — I can admit it: My co-worker was right in sharing his quotes with us. With a shout out to my former colleague, Karl Bren, here’s the quote that fits perfectly with the diabetes online community (DOC) perspective:
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed that’s all who ever have. ”
― Margaret Mead, The World Ahead: An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future
So, if the Genie stopped by today and granted me 3 practical — not magical — wishes to change the diabetes world — here’s what I’d want to make happen:
- Remove the FDA’s ability to delay or drag its bureaucratic feet — to block cutting-edge insulin pump technology that is being used successfully in Europe. Bring it to the USA. Now.
- Remove roadblocks so we can expand the research and exploration into stem cells and regeneration technology like the efforts now underway in California by ViaCyte. Let’s “wake up our unemployed pancreas” and bring it back to full employment producing beta cells and the insulin we need ON Command. (A related side wish — Bring back the missing limbs, bring sight back to the blind, and restore full health to the persons who’ve lived with Type 1 diabetes for decades and lost a few rounds with the killer. This one’s for you, Aunt Mary Jane!)
- Ask everyone to stop blogging, tweeting, snap chatting and every social media form of expression for 1 year — and go visit their next-door neighbor, siblings, family members, strangers and find ways to improve your own piece of the world. What’s your passion? What problems plague your community? If you have diabetes, cancer or any life-threatening disease — see if it makes sense for you to volunteer for a human clinical trial. Jump in and encourage others to do the same. We need more trials so we can stop curing Mice With Diabetes and focus on Persons With Diabetes.
We are the world, we are the children, We are the ones who make a brighter day, So let’s start giving. There’s a choice we’re making, We’re saving our own lives. It’s true we’ll make a better day, Just you and me … We R the Cure!”
It’s Diabetes Blog Week, and this entry is for the “Change the World” topic. For more on Diabetes Blog Week, including participants and topics, click on the respective links. It’s not too late to join in the fun – jump in now!