Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's Been A Crazy Few Days - But Happy Diabetes Awareness Month & T1D for a Day

It's been a really rough 5 days and my town took a direct hit from Sandy. 
Friends lost homes and businesses and the coast of South Jersey is changed forever. 
Sand is everywhere - in some streets as much as four feet deep. The power is still not fully restored and everyone is tired and overwhelmed. I'll be posting about all that very soon, but right now I just don't have the words, only the tears. 
Anyway, today's post is incredibly late due to all of the above. 

Today is November 1st, the first day of National Diabetes Month - A month when Diabetes is supposed to be put into the forefront for 30 days in a row. A day when everyone in the DOC (Diabetes On-line Community) will do what we always do - We will be advocating 24X7. Writing, speaking and making the public aware of diabetes and ALL that comes with it!
And November 1st is also is T1 Day. A day where the spotlight is shinning bright on Type 1 Diabetes. As someone who celebrated their 35th Diaversary yesterday (post delayed due to a bitch called Sandy) in the aftermath of the Franken Storm, I'm here to tell you that type 1 makes you tough. It's 24X7 and we never get to take a vacation. 
To make others aware of what people with Type 1 go through for at least 1 day in November,The JDRF has created a challenge called: Be T1 For A Day Text Challenge.
And if you have cell phone you can participate - Seriously. 

To sign up for T1D for a Day, just text T1D4ADAY to 63566 and you'll recieve your confirmation, etc.
When you do sign up for the T1D for a Day text challenge, you'll receive as many as 24 text messages over one 24-hour period - Hence the whole "T1D for a Day" thing. What do those 24 text messages represent?? The represent the constant blood sugar testing, insulin injections, dietary decisions that people with T1D deal with everyday! 
So forward the above info to all of your friends and family and tell them to take the Type 1 Challenge!


Type1teenager said...

Just a note this only works in America :(

StephenS said...

Kelly, so glad you're safe. And Happy Diaversary! 35 years is a big deal. So is 36. And 37. And 38...