Today, November 14th is World Diabetes Day!
The International Diabetes Federation is committed to tackle diabetes from the local to the global level, from programs at community level to worldwide awareness and advocacy initiatives.
“The activities of IDF aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes, and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers. IDF’s awareness and advocacy initiatives are grounded in the experiences of our global network of national diabetes associations.”
The celebration of November 14 as World Diabetes Day was initiated by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and WHO. This day is significant because it is the 125th birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, in 1922,was instrumental in the discovery of insulin, which is the life-saving treatment for diabetes patients, but it is not a CURE!
WHO estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention. Almost 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low and middle income countries.”
I have kept a post on Facebook from a woman who has T1D. I was was moved by the article that she posted. I felt if was meaningful, relevant, and significant. I want to share it with you, to help you become more aware about Diabetes and the daily challenges this insidious disease creates. The article is entitled: 18 Truths People With Type 1 Diabetes Wish Others Understood
If you have been reading my blog for the past 7 years and/or have “liked” my Facebook page you will know that I allocate 100% of the royalties from my children’s book, Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes, and 10% of the royalties from the sale of my other books to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)!
If you are wondering why JDRF, 31 years ago on the day after Thanksgiving, our elder son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Since then, our son and our family has been living with the never-ending “highs” and “lows” of Type 1 Diabetes also known as T1D.
Another way for me help create an awareness about Diabetes is to share information about Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes. My unique resource, picture and activity book designed and written to offer comfort, education and encouragement to children who are either newly diagnosed or have been living with the everyday challenges of Type1 Diabetes (T1D) and Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and their families. I will tell you more about Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes in a future blog post.
After you read the 18 Truths article PLEASE post and share the information on your social media sites to help create a greater awareness about Diabetes!
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