Our Diabetes Online Community (DOC) consists of a tapestry of different perspectives on multiple platforms — all connected by diabetes, in some way. Yet there is an awakening these days that diverse voices are not always included in the mainstream as much as they should be.
We at DiabetesMine are committed to shining a light on those lesser-heard voices and critical topics as much as possible. We’d appreciate all of your help in this. Please reach out with feedback, topic suggestions, or if you’re interested in penning a guest post to share your as-yet-unheard story.
In that spirit, we bring you the latest edition of our monthly DOC Roundup, featuring topics and voices that stood out during the restless month of June 2020:
What’s it like to be Black with diabetes? That is a question tackled in a recent post by Phyllisa Deroze on Diagnosed Not Defeated, as well as in this guest post at T1International by Sydnee Griffin. We consider both to be essential reads.
Straight up: Systemic racism is a public health crisis and it does exist both overtly and more subtly. We got a first-hand look at that in a social media post from JDRF, in which three amazing women of color shared their personal stories and point-of-views on how race impacts their lives with diabetes. While many comments were supportive, some were not and crossed a line. Reflecting on that, as well as how the JDRF responded to those offensive comments in real-time, D-peep Kylene (@blkdiabeticgirl) hosted a raw, straight-from-the-heart podcast chat to speak candidly about the entire situation.
This creative Instagram post caught our eye, not only for its artistic excellence but for showing how inclusive representation can and should be more commonly seen in the Diabetes Community.
Protests are part of the American experience, for sure, and we’re seeing quite the number of them these days. As more of our Diabetes Community participate, a number of sites including Beyond Type 1 have shared resources and tips to help people with diabetes stay safe in those situations.
A Utah woman with type 1 diabetes who also lives with Multiple Sclerosis managed to beat COVID-19. D-Mom Moira McCarthy Stanford captured that spectacularly inspiring journey in this must-read article at our parent site, Healthline.
Father’s Day brings a chance to highlight great dads, of course. We enjoyed this post by D-Dad Tom Karlya about his own experiences with two kids with type 1 diabetes, and all that’s come with his being a part of the Diabetes Community through the years.
In the #WeAreNotWaiting world of diabetes technology, Melissa and Kevin Lee have been an instrumental part of bringing new DIY (do-it-yourself) tools to our community. Thanks to Stacey Simms for sharing their story in a recent Diabetes Connections podcast episode.
Sadly, the “Flame of Hope” at the Banting House in Ontario was recently vandalized and had to be extinguished for a time. This isn’t the first time the “birthplace of insulin” has been vandalized, as there was an incident in 1989 where someone snuffed out the flame. Fortunately, it got a quick upgrade to be more tamper-proof and has been burning ever since. Now, there’s a new campaign to #RekindleTheFlame, bringing back to full glory this symbolic treasure for PWDs (people with diabetes) around the world.
This CNN news story brought applause and fist-bumps from our team, showcasing how Las Vegas resident Bob Halicky in June became the first-ever insulin-dependent type 1 with an appropriate pilot’s license to actually fly a commercial flight. Awesome news!
Insulin is not the enemy. That’s what 20-something Ellie in London writes at My Bitter Sweet Life, in describing her life with type 1 diabetes while juggling an eating disorder and her mental health.
Congrats to the newly-named “diabetes scholars” who received scholarships for college with the help of Beyond Type 1. Very cool to see these young PWDs receiving financial assistance for moving forward in higher education — helping to offset the burden of this expensive illness.
Women of Color Diabetes is now joining YouTube, where Black and other minority women are invited to share their diabetes stories. Thanks to @WOCdiabetes founder Cherise Shockley for creating this new DOC video channel.
Love is all we need, as the Beatles once sang. With all that’s happening in the world right now and emotions running high, we, too, hope that LOVE can be a healing force. This Instagram post by InPen-maker Companion Medical features a crafty diabetes supplies expression of that from @type1spacecadet, and it’s something we can all keep in mind.
As always, please share your thoughts on these posts, as well as any that stand out as we move into July. You can ping us via email, on Instagram at @DiabetesMineNews on Instagram, on Twitter @DiabetesMine, or on Facebook.