During the 11th month of the calendar year, on the 14th day of the 11th month of the calendar year, there’s a movement to shine the spotlight on American Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day, respectively. If you are like me, someone who lives with or someone affected by this chronic disease, 30 days and one day in particular, pale in comparison to the daily reality of the D-life.
Each day includes managing highs and lows, treating complications, and hoping for a cure during my lifetime.
This life. It is indeed enough to make one mad about being blue. But, sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horns, stand up and speak out. I’ve learned to be a diabetes awareness advocate and crusader using my tools and talents; as well as, a family and community committed to the cause.
I created the Bonnie Sher Show, Boomer Life, in part, to give members of the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community a voice, because, for many of us, we can’t keep calm. Diabetes is a life-changing battle and lonely journey. It helps to support, share, and find comfort in knowing that even alone, we are together to face another day.
If you would like to be my T1D co-host on a future episode of The Bonnie Sher Show, Boomer Life, message me by email here. I also invite you to join the Bonnie’s World Facebook Group to expand your circle of T1D friends.
In the meantime and in observance of the impact of diabetes, keep in mind the reality of our blue world, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Unaddressed, diabetes takes a heavy toll medically, financially and individually. People with diabetes are at an increased risk for other serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, amputation and blindness. The economic burden of diabetes and prediabetes is $322 billion each year, and people with diabetes have health care costs that are 2.3 times higher than someone without diabetes. Yet the true cost of diabetes is in the millions of lives it touches.
The ADA encourages everyone to get involved. Visit this link for more information on donating, advocating, or writing a viral diabetes letter tagged #DearDiabetes.
Until we connect again, may your A1Cs be low and your resilience high.