Now I know that surprises many of you but it was an interesting thought and I wanted to share it; and ask your thoughts as well.
I kept thinking about November. Diabetes Awareness month. There was a ton of things done across the diabetes landscape. Good things. Important things. But very many things.
Within the walls of our diabetes world, we heard (and saw) many objectives achieved. But what was done outside our own community as one voice. I had this idea. Next year, all of the wonderful things are done for diabetes awareness month all month-long with the exception of one day; November 14th.
On November 14th, every single person involved in the diabetes world; writers, bloggers, PWDS, Family of PWDs, organizations, foundations, and everyone in-between has but one objective: To do one thing OUTSIDE of the Diabetes Community to educate the world around us about diabetes. Not a fund-raiser, not to let people know about a particular organization, but to EDUCATE about diabetes.
Does not matter the type of diabetes you are dealing with, or what organization you are involved with; next November 14th for World Diabetes Day the one single goal is to educate. Warning signs, warning signs in relation to the flu, the difference between the types of diabetes, what to do to help someone having a glycemic reaction, or whatever you feel is important–and here is the catch—YOU MUST present this educational program in/to an area that has nothing to do with diabetes. A school, a library, a community gathering, a letter to the media, a press release, a lecture, BUT some sort of outreach where diabetes is usually not heard. Give a lecture, hang a poster, make a call…whatever you feel comfortable doing….you do.
All of the fundraising and other programs can take place all month-long but for one day—-one unified voice shouting—-YOU NEED TO KNOW about diabetes.
As I looked around once November came and left; all I kept thinking was; “Has the world learned one thing more about diabetes?”
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