Dear Remaining Insulin Pump Companies.
Hi. In the diabetes community, I’m known by many as DiabetesDad. I write a column such as this. My heart belongs to my two children who have diabetes. My heart belongs to the world around us who are on this diabetes journey. Many people have diabetes. Many have a child, or two, or three (or more) who live with this disease.
Many of us, have our ear to the ground. We hear things. We don’t know for sure, we’re just living our lives. If you are with an insulin pump company, chances are you are a family person too. You love your family and do not want any harm coming to them.
Neither do we.
It was announced that Animas is closing their doors. Sad as this is, it happens in business sometimes and we understand that aspect of this world. We have watched other diabetes companies over the years close their doors too. The 100,000 plus people on an Animas pump must now look elsewhere for an insulin pump. They will be looking for a new pump, they may be looking to you and your company.
We are just parents. We are just people who live with this disease. You are the corporate mavens in this world. Deep down inside, you really know how soluble your company is. The hardship of taking our child off one pump and putting them on another is excruciating. No one likes change. Our children will look to us and know that we are doing what is right for them. But we do not know everything…………………………….
………so as a parent, I’m asking, pleading, begging to ask you to look inside your heart. If you have a gut feeling that your insulin pump company will not be here in the near future——please let us know. Be honest, this is our children’s lives.. I ask every parent who is s presently on an Animas Insulin Pump and will have to switch to another pump company, no matter who that company is, demand a message from their highest ranking official what they believe the future of their company to be. Let them know how painful this is and that you do not want to go through it again a few months down the line…….ask them to be honest with you.
Then choose your new insulin pump company wisely. We are not stockholders, we are people. Our future, and the lives of our children, are in your hands. What will you tell us?
We are sorry to see Animas go…….we trust, as parents yourselves, you will not steer us wrong. God Bless you.
I am a DiabetesDad.
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