Diabetes advocate Kelly Kunik has come up with the inspired notion of Iwishpeopleknewaboutdiabetes It is a great concept and lots of people with diabetes have jumped on board with posts and tweets about what they wish people knew about diabetes. They range from the comical to the poignant with every emotion in between. The power of the messages is in how real they are, people with diabetes, telling it like it is and through that we share a camaraderie. I nod knowingly at each of these, it’s nice to know that others feel the way I do.
To give you a flavour, here are just a few of my favourites:
#iwishpeopleknewthatdiabetes if someone has a diabetes complication doesn’t mean they didn’t take care of themselves
#IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes is random and unpredictable. Like herding cats most days. For me, that is my biggest challenge.
#IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes has the power to make me fall apart at the seams if I let it. Every time.
#IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes isn’t so bad if you are a mouse!
Founder of the initiative Kelly expresses her hope for the project as follows
“It’s my hope (OK, my dream,) that the #IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes initiative and website will become a place where people living with diabetes — regardless of the type — have the opportunity to express themselves …”
So it’s pretty clear what this day is about. It was great to see some of the diabetes national bodies come on board in the spirit of the event. Canadian Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association showed that they interacted as part of the D community and that they understood what the day was about,
we look forward to celebrating with you! #IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes