This Month IS NOT for the Diabetes Community….it’s for Those Who Know Nothing!!!!

diabetes-blue-circleWell, it’s here.  It’s November 1st.  It’s the beginning of Diabetes Awareness Month. My article today is going to be very short.  This month is not for you or for me.  We ARE AWARE ALREADY of diabetes.  I do not choose this month to celebrate that my kids CHOOSE to live a great life with this stupid disease.  We DO THAT all year round.


This is Diabetes Awareness Month….to make people…….aware.  THAT SHOULD BE your single focus this month.  To do something so those outside our community are made aware of what diabetes is and in fact, why not take a poster from or and place them up in your community.

We are aware already, touting what we know can be a large dose of spent energy.  Just Don’t Do Nothing this month of Diabetes Awareness…… something so another does not die from being misdiagnosed.  Do something so someone says, “Oh, that is the difference between T1D and T2D.”  Do something and post in a social media site, THAT IS NOT part of the diabetes community.

Most of us dealing with in a loved one, or dealing with it as a person with diabetes…….WE KNOW.  This month, share something with those who do not and it will be a true Diabetes Awareness Month.

Diabetes is what they have, not who they are.  Let others know the difference.
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NEWSBREAK: T1D Hero to Make History This Weekend in Talledega

ryan-reed-carIt’s not only his unquenchable thirst to succeed;  it’s not only his drive to win; it’s not even his incredible relationship with the folks at Lilly Diabetes that keeps so many pulling for him—-it’s the way; at every turn (pun intended) Ryan Reed grabs the spotlight by the ears and points it at himself for, but, one reason.  In his words, “….not only to drive…..but more importantly, the opportunity to encourage and educate people who are living with diabetes and  those who care for them.  We will continue to share the message about diabetes awareness……”

Inspirational.  Educational.  Directly, with humility and charm.

THIS is why Ryan Reed is a hero…….big time.  And every time I’m with him, and his family, I feel like I’m just a friend of his mom’s—-because, you see, that’s how the Reeds make you feel; like you are part of their family.

But make no mistake about it, when Ryan climbs into that #16 car with the words LILLY DIABETES on the hood in big letters——-IT-IS-ALL-BUSINESS.  And that business will take Ryan Reed this weekend to a place that no one has ever gone before as he makes history as the ONLY DRIVER actively managing diabetes to race at the Sprint Cup Level.

This, a young man who was told just five years ago after his diagnosis of T1D, that he would never race again.  To Ryan, his mom, his dad……THAT was just unacceptable. And Ryan takes every chance he can to take the opportunity so kids know what he has learned; diabetes should stop them………………from nothing.

He doesn’t just say it…….he lives it…………and at 200 plus miles per hour.

After an incredibly close call last week…..Ryan has rebounded, ONCE AGAIN, to show the world that his diabetes IS NOT WHO he is.

The leading team of racing, Roush Fenway Racing has just signed a multi-year renewal agreement for Ryan to continue with them behind the wheel…..and now, in addition to the Xfinity Series; he is entering the NASCAR SPRINT SERIES.

He not only took the Xfinity Race in Daytona just over a year ago, not only qualified for the 2016 inaugural Xfinity Series Chase, now he enters the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well.  Race car driving is, indeed, like dancing with a buzz saw.  Ryan is at a trajectory of success which inspires everyone living with diabetes and a whole bunch of us who don’t.  Breathtaking to say the least.

Best of luck to Ryan, his family and to Lilly Diabetes who is the driving engine (pun intended again) to making it all happen as Ryan’s Sponsor.

WOW…………………..Start your engines indeed!!!!!!!!

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NEWSBREAK: Did You Cry Over Reegan, Kycie and Others—–a $1,000,000 Group Helping!!!!!

blue-candle-smokeThe blue candle.  Lit so many times, and I would dare say the most amount of times, has been when the diagnosis of diabetes was missed.  We have talked about it a million times.

We have also talked about the idea of corporate America backing diabetes causes. Well now the two things we have wished for; stopping kids from dying—and corporate America being part in the diabetes community are on a main roadway to become one……and this diabetes cause needs out help.

You may know some things about but what I am pretty sure the masses DO NOT know is that I have been in the room with Tom and Sarah (a mom to a T1D) from this organization, I have seen anger in their faces and tears in their eyes.
And through all of that Sarah has stated to me;  “We pledge to help make a difference in this battle”.

With an awareness campaign that we could have only dreamed of, they are going into organizations state-by-state with other moms, with an awareness campaign we could have only dreamed of when we started this battle.  With their membership, their ‘funky’-sort-of-style, their celebrity connections, they are utilizing everything they have to make amazing inroads. Sarah, was, and has been, true to her word. is working diligently to end this; but it takes a lot.

And now they are positioned to be given 1 million dollars from Revlon.
But they need out help.  They have pledged to continue this fight and it can get expensive.  We wanted corporations to be involved…..well went out and is trying to get them involved BIG TIME.  There is this competition challenge thrown out by Revlon called The Revlon, Love is on, One Million Dollar Challenge.  Over 100 charities are vying for 1 million dollars….whoever raises the most amount of money by time this contest ends this in the next week is given 1 million dollars by Revlon.

It looks like, right now, our friends at Beyond Type1 are third in this race with over $313,000 raised—–and they are not far behind number one which is at about $360,000. Let’s help Beyond Type 1 continue to help our battle against the missed diagnosis of T1D.  Posters, outreach, printing all costs money—-they have put celebs behind this effort as well…..they are really trying to help, lets help them as they are already knee-deep in the efforts of making sure not one more child dies from this disease not being diagnosed.

Their efforts have been monumental.

Did you light a blue candle?  Did you cry?  DId you get angry?  If many people give a little, BeyondType1 will catch up and become the number one spot.  I get it; we are all involved with many wonderful organizations; but if ever this effort meant something and tugged at your heart, please find a few bucks to help them—–we all talk about it ALL THE TIME why is not the diabetes community involved ‘in something like that”?  Well now a member of our diabetes community is not INVOLVED IN SOMETHING LIKE THAT, they are positioned to win the entire thing with our help.  Let’s give and help an organization that so wants to eradicate kids dying from missed diagnosis.  You cared enough to cry, please care enough to give.

Let’s extinguish the blue candle on missed diagnosis of T1D.  BUT IT IS OVER THIS WEEK SO PLEASE GIVE TODAY.   Thank you for caring about the voices who cannot speak for themselves.
Click here to donate to them, this effort, and to gain more information.

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Why Do All Big Pharma Diabetes Commercials ONLY Sell Something……I Have an Idea…….

big-pharmaDoes it not seem like 1 in every 5 commercials these days is about some sort of diabetes med?  Is it just me?   This is America and surely any and all companies are free to do what they want with their money………..but…….


I have a suggestions for all those who take to the airwaves hawking their wares.  Maybe not a suggestion, maybe more like an ask,  Why not take just 10% of your airtime and offer it for some sort of diabetes education.  Here are a few ideas:
>Differences in T1 and T2
>Kids with diabetes…..are still just kids (bullying)
>We need a cure
>Highlight an organization (DRI, JDRF, ADA, Beyond Type 1, dPac, Diabetes Sisters, Hands Foundation, Help a Diabetic Child, Divabetic—all different-all good…..and THAT is just the tip of the iceberg)
>Different management options
>Where to get help
>……and the list can go on.

Imagine doing this….you surely can take the last 5 seconds of the spot….”This ad was paid for by XYZ Company…….because we care about the people we serve.”  We, in this diabetes community spend BILLIONS of dollars each year buying products—-should they now be able to give back, shouldn’t they WANT TO give back to those who support their product?


To all of you:—-I challenge you to find the name of a CEO of the any diabetes companies out there…..and send this to them.  If they need help, I will gladly help them.
Why not I say, why not?
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Are Rising Insulin Prices REALLY the Fault of Just/Primarily the Insulin Companies?

insulin-genericEarly on in my career, I was fortunate enough to be on the staff of the highest ranking official in my town.  My town was bigger than 11 states so it was a pretty large area. During a new snow, a constituent called because they had seen plows but no sanders (trucks with sand)  in the area.  “Karlya, look into this and get back to me”, were my orders from the boss.

So I did.  And we sent a sander.  The man obtained the personal phone number to my boss and he called again, and again, and again.  Each time I was called in to look into it.  “Boss, we sent the sander there three times, and I’m going to tell him we can do no more.”  Reluctantly the elected official agreed.

Four days after the snowfall, and when it was warmer and much melted, the man called my boss again and said, “We need a street sweeper here, there is sand all over my road.”

Can’t make this stuff up folks.

Sometimes, when there’s a lot of noise, the answer nor the actual problem, may be laying on the top for all to see and/or know.  I’m known to look at things from different angles and I may be a lone voice in this; but with the much chatter being passed around online—are we SURE that the rising cost of insulin is solely based upon the insulin companies themselves?

Look I have zero allegiance to any insulin company but I have been looking around a lot lately, and inasmuch as there is blame to go around—if all of the efforts are going toward the one entity WE THINK is the problem…..we better be sure THAT THEY INDEED are the problem, or there will be a whole lotta wasted energy.

I have discussed this before. I think rising cost can be based on quite a few factors, and owning the market is but a one.  How much is the insurance company charging to be on a specific tier, and on a preferred tier with the many, many insurance companies; if THAT is the case?  How much is the insurance company ‘mark-up’ because many times, the price you pay at point of purchase has many more factors than just the cost of the product.  How much does the retail store/mail order mark up the cost?  With so many insurance companies, there are quite few aspects WITHIN each insurance company and now multiply it but the FULL NUMBER of insurance companies; and do the same with the retailers.  With only (really) 3 major insulin companies it surely is easiest to say, “Hey, you three, listen to us.”

I say there is much more than that involved.

There is another factor here as well, with more ‘players’ in the process, it becomes easier and easier to for companies to tell us, “What are you looking at me for, it is not my decision?”  SO we as the patient/consumer are left to just keep going around in a circle.

There is also the factor that we demand much from our diabetes supply companies.   Quicker, smaller, more efficient, waterproof and the list goes on and on; how much cost of each product goes into the development of new products—-products we demand and scream about every chance we get.  Does cutting the cost impact that at all?

I get it….in the end it is passed on to us…..but we better know the giant we are fighting.

SO this article today is more a question and I REALLY WELCOME any and all comments.  Are we so sure that cost driven by the insulin companies is the only, or perhaps even THE MAIN reason, that insulin prices have skyrocketed?  Because if we are not sure, and we want our advocacy efforts to hold water, as we enlist the help from the government, congress, the FDA and many, many watchdogs——we better be pretty dang sure or it will all be for naught if the people we get around the able to discuss this…….are not the correct people around the table to discuss this.  Food for thought and ALL comments welcome.

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This is a Picture of a Pretty Smart Bird……Teaching us a Lesson in Life.

bird-carAre you waiting?  Is something out there and you are waiting for it to come to you?  You know, you might be waiting for a very long time.  Take a look at the bird in the picture, wanna know what that bird is doing?  I came across the bird while I was driving for a great deal of distance recently.  The bird was not alone.  I was able to get this one picture of this one bird, but many more were around.

I needed gas and almost as soon as I pulled off the highway and pulled into the gas station right off the exit ramp, this small group of birds congregated right in front of my car.  When I got out they scattered.  I got a cup of coffee and paid for my gas.  As I walked to my car I could not believe what I saw…..the birds were flying from the ground to the grill of my car.  Back and forth.  It is as if they knew dinner was waiting for them now attached to the grill of the cars coming off the speeding highway.  Kind of incredible, and a tad icky also; I guess.

Now who was the first bird that thought of that?  Instead of saying, “Hey let’s go fishing.” do they say, “Hey let’s go grilling at the Kangaroo Gas Station by the highway?”  But the lesson is learned here.

…and the lesson?

Doesn’t look like they ARE WAITING for anything… looks like they are GOING OUT and getting what they want.  No one is going to knock on your door and say, “Here it is”. I don’t care if it is a dream of yours or if it is trying to find out the best management tools for your child’s diabetes……go out and get what ever it is that you want/need.  And if you have obstacles, smash right through them.

This is your race with you in it—and it’s not about anyone else in the race… is about you.  As my friend Jay Hewitt (Iron Man extraordinaire) states, “How bad do you want it?”  Only you can make ‘it’ happen in your life.

Don’t be the bird in the tree waiting for the bug to come along to have a morsel of food, get out to the gas station and eat til your heart is content……it’s your call.

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