Happy Blue November!

Is it really? Okay.

WDD is on the 14th, so most of the DOC is participating in some sort of Awareness prompt. I’ve been a little bit behind the times and trends as of late and didn’t really pick a project for National Diabetes Awareness Month/American Diabetes Month. (Actually, that’s not exactly accurate – I did sign up for the Postcard Project and never got contacted… which made me sad.)

So if you are looking for something to do, there are a few options.

– There is a 30 day Photo a Day challenge for diabetes, which many are taking part in. The list can be found over at sixuntilme.com. I’ve done a Project 365 before, and photo-a-days can be super fun. But I’m already behind because I was out of town last weekend, dancing up a storm as usual, and also fighting a nasty start of a cold. So – you might get a photo of the week from me.

– Christel over at theperfectd is putting together a daily “diabetes for dummies everyone else” post, detailing a characteristic, quirk, trademark, or whathaveyou of diabetes. The information is presented in small, easy to digest, sugar free posts. If you are one of my Type 3 followers (i.e. someone who is very close to me but has a functioning pancreas), I suggest marching over to her blog each day and checking it out.

– 30 Days of Facebook. You can “donate your Facebook status” to the JDRF. Or essentially, post one Diabetes related factoid to your Facebook status each day. Awareness is awareness. WTPrincessDiaries actually pre-planned her statuses, designed them into Instagrammable-awesomeness, and is posting them daily on her blog at 11:14 am all month. Super cute stuff there.

JDRF T1D for a Day Challenge. Great for my Type 3s to look into. Basically, you sign up for a day of text messages from the JDRF – not to sell you something or ask you to donate – but to put you in my shoes.

Are you participating in another project that I haven’t seen yet? Let me know. 🙂

People with Diabetes need a seat at the table– Sign this petition NOW.

Reblogging because I’ve been pressed for time as of late (I actually have work to do at BOTH jobs now!) and I would essentially say the same thing as Stephen.

The FDA wants to hold patient meetings next year for those with chronic conditions. We need them to listen to US. If you haven’t helped by signing the petition, please do so. Everyone has a SPAM email these days. Just use it. 😛

Ok… Back to work.

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Your help is needed right now– this minute. Take five seconds to go to Change.org and sign a petition urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hold a patient meeting on Diabetes.
 
 
The backstory, from DiaTribe, who is sponsoring the petition:

“The Food and Drug Administration has begun to hold a series of patient meetings to gain a better understanding of specific diseases. Over the next five years, the agency plans to conduct at least 20 such meetings on conditions ranging from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to Narcolepsy to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

But not diabetes.

That is unacceptable.

Four “slots” remain open, and we want the FDA to add diabetes to its meeting docket for 2013.”
 
 
It is well known that 26 million Americans are living with diabetes. Nearly 80 million more in my country are at risk of developing diabetes. Despite years…

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