Diabetes Blog Week: Change the World

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I’m participating in Diabetes Blog Week (albeit late). I’m hoping these prompts will re-inspire my writing and encourage lots of blood sugar checks 🙂

Today’s Yesterday’s Topic: 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.)

This is a hard one for me, as I’m not really a formal advocate for any of these topics — rather a small voice for many. If I had to choose a couple that I’m most passionate about, they’d be these:

-Diabetes misconceptions. I can’t stand it when people ask me if I should be eating something, or if I’ve finally figured out how to keep my numbers from being out of control after all these years. I do realize, though, that just as I don’t know everything about every single disease, some people have no reason to have ever learned much about diabetes. So it’s my job to educate, if they’re interested.

-CGM coverage for Medicare patients. This one hits home for me. Some days I honestly don’t know if I’d wake up without my CGM. I can’ t imagine the feeling of helplessness these CGM users feel as this life saving device is being ripped from their arsenal of diabetes management tools. Point blank, it’s just not fair. My CGM has proven time and time again to help me better manage my diabetes — I can’t understand why insurance would want to take this away from someone. It’s just going to cost the insurance companies more in the end.

-Creating diabetes connections and bringing support. This one is very important to me, too. I’m lucky (?) to have a sister with diabetes who I can call at any hour of the night. I know how nice it feels when a friend calls you after you have two days of crappy blood sugars, just to tell you “I know how you feel. Diabetes is dumb.” Because I know how important these interactions are to my well being — I work hard to reciprocate.

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About Carlyn

I am a friend, wife, daughter, sister, dog-mother and self-proclaimed 'blogger' who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1997 at the age of 10. I live in Durham, North Carolina with my husband and two (wild) hound dogs. We make the best of life by trying our hardest to take one day at a time, one unit at a time. You can contact me via e-mail at oneunitatatime@gmail.com!

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