November 14th I Get; Can We Make the 13th Diabetes Appreciation Day?????

BillboardGo get a piece of paper and a pen.
(I’ll wait.)
Are you back?   Good.

Now start to list everything you do in your day not having to do with diabetes, and not having to do with you, but what you did for someone else.   In other words, “I took a shower” does not count.

Now add to that list everything you do while dealing with diabetes.
(I’ll wait, write fast)

If you did this list you would realize how long it is.  What we do, as parents, is pretty detailed.  Add to the mix our diabetes world, it is truly amazing that it all gets done, don’t you think?  As we go through diabetes awareness month, realize the most important thing………you?

Take a $50 bill and paint it blue, or draw a blue circle on it, and take it and get your nails done or your hair done or go to the movies.  Take ‘something diabetes’ by making it blue and spend it…….on you.

The purpose? So we each realize that he most important thing to know in our diabetes world that with out……well……’us’……nothing would have ‘gotten’ done.  This month is about awareness, right?  Who better to be aware than ourselves.  You know, the forgotten one.  The ones who just truck along and get done what we have to because we love the person who battles this disease every day.

Perhaps on just one day, say the 13th the day before the ACTUAL diabetes Awareness Day of November 14th (which is also the birthday of Dr. Banting of Banting and Best who discovered Insulin) and make that Diabetes Appreciation Day where every person with diabetes sends a note to the parents or loved one who watches your back.

“Hey just a note to say how much I appreciate my guardian angel(s).  Thank you, I love you.”  Send it on November 13th…….Not such a bad idea……right?  Of course it will be on the 13th—-thirteen just makes sense too if you think about it.

Of course none of us do it for any thanks, we do it because we must.  We do it with love.  We’ll do it until the day a cure comes along.  We have to, it’s what we do.  So even if we do not receive any thanks on November 13th, let’s do something JUST FOR US like get a haircut with a blue bill, at least we will look good checking blood sugars at 3:00 am……we deserve that at least, I’m sure.

I am a diabetes dad.

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The Best ‘Diabetes Blue’ has ALWAYS and in ALL WAYS Been With Us.

blue skiesLong before there were blue circles, blue nail polish, blue buildings, and/or blue…..well anything…….there was a blue that reminded me daily what this ‘diabetes thing’ is all about.  From the time Kaitlyn was diagnosed on September 26th, 1992 I have found peace in the blue skies above.

A dear friend once asked me how I can travel so much and do it so easily.  I have to do what I do, it’s so personal.  The people I fly to meet, do not.  They can give of their time and their money to a million other causes, they choose to support the efforts of the DRI (in my case; your case is just as valuable although it may be for a different organization—all just as vital.).  I totally respect every effort, one dollar or millions; they do because they want to see this disease end…….I LOVE that energy.  I need that energy.

Since that day over 22 years ago I have loved looking toward the heavens and seeing blue skies, it both represents and reminds me of the endless possibilities for Kaitlyn, now also Rob, and the millions others out there just like them who only want a life that allows them to be themselves.

Those same blue skies have shown me that tomorrow will always be better and that something great is happening in our diabetes world every day.  Is it easy?  No, it’s not but it’s surely worth it to try so hard to make their world better; to make better the world of others.  Who gets to do that every day?  Almost every waking hour.

There are other diseases that need help.  Many other causes.  A million other causes.  My dear friend and one of the founders of the Diabetes Research Institute is Barbara Singer, a woman who I love dearly.  Barbara taught me a lesson very early on in this battle, “Hit your own ball.”  Simple approach, yet it has served me so well.  I have too much to do with those who want to help, I have no time to spend idle energy on anything other than to work with those who want to make a difference.

It’s a big world out there, if you don’t agree with someone or some entity; wish them well because their heart is in what they do also just as yours is; and go about doing what you must for your energy to be well spent.  ‘Hit your own ball’ indeed.

So today, let your ‘diabetes blue’ be the blue sky around you.  Let it represent the endless possibilities out there for you and your family.  And when those clouds appear, as they do in life, know that a time will come when that sky will clear up and be blue again.  And those clear blue skies are the best representation of diabetes blue I could ever have in my life………crystal clear blue.

I am a diabetes dad.

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Diabetes Jeopardy Answer #16 for D-Month: From the White House to Across the Table; His Pulpit is Life, his Message is Diabetes.

James Gavin Michelle ObamaJames Gavin……And the answer is–Who is James R. Gavin III.

Dr. Gavin is more than just an endocrinologist and a specialist in diabetes and metabolism; he is a worldwide advocate on changing the landscape of diabetes and he is going at it full steam.  when he speaks it is as almost as if you are at a revival meeting, not a lecture.  His passion and discussions on changing the landscape of diabetes is not only inspirational, it will leave you in jaw-dropping awe.

He is a former president of the American Diabetes Association, recipient of the Banting Medal for Distinguished Service, and in 1991 received the Association’s Clinician of the Year award for his contributions to diabetes care.

Dr. Gavin (with a PhD and MD) played a critical role as medical expert in Kapche v. Holder, a case that involved a challenge to a federal agency of the United States for people with insulin-treated diabetes, which, as a professional expert refused to take payment for his testimony because he so believed in the cause.  He is not afraid to take on diabetes and his education informing the world that diabetes (all diabetes) does not care about color, race, or religion is a breath of fresh air. 

The walls he has knocked down are incredible and he is a firm believer of educating ANYone who will listen; from me when I was at dLife to The First Lady of the United States (where he is Chairman of her partnership for a Healthier American Partnership).

This is taken from his Bio at the American Diabetes Association:
James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD is a noted leader in the field of diabetes, serving as CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Healing Our Village, Inc, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Gavin is a former president of the American Diabetes Association, recipient of the Banting Medal for Distinguished Service, and in 1991 received the Association’s Clinician of the Year award for his contributions to diabetes care. In 2010, Dr. Gavin, along with the rest of the Kapche Litigation Team, received the Association’s Public Policy Leadership Award for his work in defending the right of people with diabetes to live free of discrimination.

For Diabetes Awareness Month:
This month, I will be highlighting someone in the diabetes community.  They may be people you know, or might not know, but they give of themselves to make this world, our world, with diabetes a special place.   I will not get to everyone this month, but it is my hope that perhaps you can be introduced to some of those you may not know.

I’m certainly not the definitive on who should be included….you are.  If you think I should include someone, shoot me an email at and I will do what I can to include that person as well.  Welcome to diabetes awareness month.

I am a diabetes dad.

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Diabetes Awareness Month—How About Something Different this Year….Yes?.

November is Diabetes Awareness month thus deemed so by the American Diabetes Association a long time ago and followed by the world.  November 14th is Diabetes Awareness Day–in honor of Frederick Banting who is the youngest Nobel laureate in the area of Physiology/Medicine for his discovery of insulin (he did not do it alone but that is a different story for a different time).

Over the years I have watched as; the blue circle struggles to gain traction as an international symbol of diabetes; various media attempts to capitalize on this time with advertising supplements about diabetes (am I the only one who thinks that EVERY newspaper who has a diabetes supplement during this month should donate SOMETHING to a diabetes cause?); event upon event attempting to educate about diabetes; and so much more?  My question is; “How’s that all going?”

There are still miscommunications and misrepresentations across the board when it comes to diabetes and it seems no matter how hard we all try; each November comes and goes…..and here we are again.  This should not be during one month a year, it should be all year round.  The diabetes advocates try very hard to do this and I am happy they allow me to be part.

I am going to do something different this November, diabetes awareness month.  I’m not going to try to change the world, I’ll leave that to better minds than me.  I’m doing something very simple.  Very, Very simple.

Each day of diabetes awareness month I’m going to send a note or an email to someone who has helped along this pathway; this journey.  Not a blanket thank you across the board…just one person each and every day will get a note or an email that just says, “Hey, thanks.  You made a difference in our lives battling diabetes.”

Want to join me?  It’s not going to be a huge blue circle of umbrellas in central park with press releases, hype, and do this or do that………just a thank you.  I might even use blue paper.

I’m a Diabetesdad.