Tomorrow is…………Yeah, so What?

Tomorrow is Diabetes Awareness Day; November 14th, the birthday of Frederick Banting one of the few credited with the discovery of insulin.  At the time, the headlines stated insulin was a cure.  It wasn’t; still isn’t.   But when one has nothing, it surely was a great step in saving lives; still does. 

November 14th, tomorrow, is by no means a holiday to me.  When I was a child and Mother’s Day rolled around I would say to my mom, “When is Child’s Day?”   You all know the answer to question as I am sure every mom has the same answer; (all together now) “Every day is Child’s Day.” 

That is somewhat how I feel about diabetes.  I do not need a specific day to be reminded about diabetes.  I do not need to see ‘something special’ done on the fourteenth of November each year.  We, as a community need to continue rowing together demanding the best from the companies and the organizations we support.   We need to continue to work together to make sure ‘the media’ gets right and we see diabetes painted in the light according to the specific types and what that represents. 

Because when it comes right down to it, in my life, November the fourteenth is the same as every other day.  It will remain like every other day until there is a cure; 100% every day.  How about you? 

What have you done today to try to make a difference in the world of diabetes; or in the life of your child with diabetes above and beyond daily management?  I might be for starting something on this date if never done before, but when it comes time for ‘doing something’ we better be doing that every day of the year or we will never move the needle (pun intended) when it comes to diabetes care and a cure. 

I know, that management in itself is much to ask isn’t it?   But we all need to “not do nothing”—-if our child deals with diabetes 24/7/365—-why are we not doing more?  It will not go away until we all work diligently to that end.  Cure, better management tools, and getting involved–never be satisfied with where you are at.  EVER.  In it to end it…..need help to get involved, just ask me–I have plenty of ideas.  

Each soldier has to take care of their own well-being, but when together they become an ever forward moving army ready to do battle.  Nothing less can be expected by anyone else who ‘has skin in the game’. 

Let’s work to making November 14th about a week before Thanksgiving and nothing more. 

The diabetes battle is every day.   Get involved today. 

I’m a diabetesdad.

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.

PORKED!–Pig Insulin, Pig Islets, Pigskin, & a Pig Roast—A VERY PIGGY DAY!

Michael Otten (far right) with Vinny, Robert (and Gigi) were up bright and early organizing their PIG ROAST 2012 to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute and the Children with Diabetes Foundation.

After I spoke with him this morning I had this thought of the irony of an event to end diabetes and the connections.

Many of you may not know this but years ago insulin was made from pork.  We certainly have come a long way since we had to give Kaitlyn those shots.  One of the biggest challenges with curing diabetes is having enough islets cells when that procedure is perfected for our kids and a solution being touted right now is purified porcine (pork) islets.  Michael and I are huge Jets fans (hence the pigskin) and today over 200 people will gather throughout the day at The Otten’s annual pig roast.

Now there are a zillion different fund-raising events through out the United States but I have to admit, what Michael, Gigi, and family and friends pull off here is truly one of the truly unique events out there. 

A PIG ROAST.  Really?

A full brick coal-pit and a roasting pig and more food and drink than you will ever see in one place at one time.   People all through the United States give so generously to so many different diabetes organizations.  The volunteers.  They amaze me with each and every event I am fortunate to attend.

Toady at a Pig Roast on Long Island–I will toast to all those who ‘don’t do nothing’…..to benfit those who live with diabetes everyday; to thank them.

Toast to a cure…..and there is nothing piggy in wishing for that, is there?

I am a Diabetesdad.