Friday, March 18, 2011

Here's What I know: We Must Speak Up & Right Diabetes Wrongs When We See Them

JDRF's Government Day reinforced my feelings on stopping the spread of diabetes myths & perpetuating diabetes realities. More on the event to follow. For now, I hope this post will make you think~


Here’s what I know: We must speak up & right diabetes wrongs when we see them.

We have to open our mouths and speak up in order for others to get diabetes right.

Collectively we can make a difference simply by speaking up whenever we see a wrong that needs to be righted, diabetes or not.

As an individual, you can GOOGLE the Producer of the 6:30 news contact info when you hear the reporter perpetuate a diabetes myth - right from home. And then you can pick up the phone and bug the shit out of them (nicely of course) until they realize the error of their ways~ ;)

You can write "A letter to The Editor" be it on-line or off, whenever you see diabetes screw-ups in print.

You can pick up the phone and call your Senate/Congress woman or man and tell them that you vote, and that you vote for politicians who support diabetes causes – And remind them that your voice is a loud one.

If you see a diabetes company doing something you don't like, CONTACT THEM and let them know.

And the same rules apply when you see a company, Org, media outlet, politician, etc doing something right!

People don't know what life with diabetes is like, unless we explain it.

Diabetes is definitely one of life’s mysteries to those that don't have it. What they know they know from television - and most of that is wrong.

Instead of shooting the messenger (which is always my first inclination) we have to educate the masses when it comes to diabetes.

You (as in the person reading this blog) have to do something, because if you don't, you (we) have no right to complain.

So.... what are you going to do?


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Fiona said...

I say this at work all time, thank you for the reminder that I need to do it in my d-world as well!

Cara said...

And we all know how powerful this community can be! I don't know what I'm going to do.... Yet. But I'm going to start taking a stand. It is way too important not to.

Bernard Farrell said...

Kelli, amen and amen. Send me your email / phone number, I want to talk about this in more detail. bernard dot farrell at

Created a tinyurl link to this post.

Alexis Nicole said...

Your timing is crazy.

I just left Justice school. A kid started asking about why J is always in nurses office. When I said Diabetes, he said my granpa has that, hes 90. Drinks lots of soda and something else..

I explained type 2 and 1, I didnt know which his grandfather had, but I explained J had type 1 and he didnt cause this.

The kid looked baffled. But hey maybe he will pass that on!

You rock, have I mentioned that?

Anonymous said...

Right on chica!

Unknown said...


Let's do this!

Hallie Addington said...

I know what I'm going to do! I'm going to keep standing up, keep walking, keep raising money, keep advocating, keep talking to Congress and anyone else who will listen.

It's only going to change if we change it! One voice at a time!

Joanne said...

Thanks for the kick in the pants... I saw something in a local magazine that needs to be addressed, and it's been bugging the crap out of me. but I can never seem to find the time to contact the editor.

I'm going to put it at the very top of my to-do list! Who needs to shower, anyway?

Tracy Portner said...

i completely agree with you on this. awareness has been my passion also for some months now that's why I started my own blog and joined online communities given my very busy schedule. keep on doing what you're doin'!