World Diabetes Day is coming up soon - November 14th. Think about the people you know. How many people really understand the difference between type 1 and Type 2? Well, from personal experience I can say NOT VERY DANG MANY. (disclaimer: before Type 1 came to live in our house, I knew a little - now I know far more than I ever wanted to know.) We have been fairly fortunate with not getting the "She can grow out of it" or "She just ate too much sugar; if she exercises it will go away" types of comments. There have been some but not too many.
However, there are FAR too many PoCWDs who have absolutely AWFUL, TERRIBLE things said to them about (and to) their children. I mean, really - would you walk up to a child who was bald due to chemotherapy and ask her what she ate that gave her cancer, or tell her she just needs a special juice supplement to make it all better?
Parents of children with Type 1 want to turn the world blue, just like those who support breast cancer research have turned the world pink. (Please note - we are NOT saying that breast cancer is an unworthy cause by any means....we just want to raise diabetes awareness to the same kind of level.) Thanks to Joanne, the idea of a tshirt like the one pictured above may just help us spread the message!! As soon as the details are finalized, these will be made up and the education campaign will begin!!
If you are in to help spread the T1 awareness message, blog it, post it on FB, tweet about it - whatever you need to do to get the word out. We're out to turn the world BLUE!