Kim from Texting My Pancreas is another one of the Timesulin favourites within the world of diabetes. Based in the US, we’ve never actually met, but I am such a fan of the work that Kim does in helping raise awareness of diabetes through both her blog Texting My Pancreas and the You Can Do This Project that I was delighted to have her guest blog for us.
Having lived with type 1 diabetes for the past 26 years, every day is full of awareness for me. What makes World Diabetes Day any different? This day not only notes the birth of one of the discoverers of insulin (Dr. Frederick Banting), but is also a chance to bring diabetes out into the spotlight. WDD gives our diabetes community a reason to band together for a greater good, and to bring this disease’s impact to the attention of the rest of the world. I think it’s very difficult for those who don’t live with diabetes themselves to see all of the many ways it affects a person – this month, and especially this day, give us an opportunity to share that narrative. My wish is that our community can move forward the work of researchers, advocates, and diabetes charities, and that we can together show others what life with diabetes is really like. But hope? My true hope is that someday soon, we won’t have to anymore.