Here we are wrapping up annual Diabetes Awareness Month, which has certainly been different than any other this year due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis. While 2020 is unlike anything we’ve experienced before, this November has been lively as ever with many hot topics brewing across the diabetes social media sphere.
Please enjoy this roundup of posts that caught our eye during this past month — and don’t forget to let us know about any of your own recent favorites.
All kinds of awareness efforts and posts surfaced for Diabetes Awareness Month, marked by hashtags #NDAM and #DiabetesMonth. We also took note of the official theme for this year’s World Diabetes Day, set by the International Diabetes Federation: a focus on appreciating nurses. In Ontario, Canada, the nonprofit Banting House — the birthplace of insulin co-discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting — marked Dr. Banting’s November 14 birthday with a special event.
As everyone is grappling with COVID-19 concerns and how to navigate life these days, a professional football player with type 1 diabetes has decided to continue playing despite his health risk. Whether you agree with this choice or not, Mark Andrews of the Baltimore Ravens is described by some as “one of the more remarkable stories” of 2020, because “his whole life has basically been one story after another of things that he’s overcome.”
Our friend and patient advocate Mila Clarke Buckley shared a YouTube video about her experiences being diagnosed incorrectly with type 2 diabetes, and what it’s been like to finally receive an accurate diagnosis of latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA).
One of the founding JDRF D-Moms Lee Ducat shared sad news in mid-November that her son Larry had passed away. He was diagnosed at age 9 and served as one of the catalysts for the organization’s founding in 1970. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Ducat Family.
A new podcast from diabetes advocate Cherise Shockley debuted, and even though it’s not entirely devoted to diabetes, this new bi-weekly podcast “Don’t Keep It To Yourself” is definitely worth a listen.
Big news came from Amazon when the online retail giant announced it would establish an internet-based pharmacy that sells insulin. Many D-Community forums, groups, and social media posts took notice of this, publicly wondering how this additional sales channel — and its yet-to-be-determined pricing — may impact lives.
We love this Children with Diabetes post about “creating a green and orange future” for those living with this chronic condition. The colors are a reference to wristbands worn at the org’s annual Friends for Life Conference, and melding those colors is all about finding support and community connections.
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are too often under-represented as part of the Diabetes Community. That sentiment was confirmed at our recent Fall 2020 DiabetesMine Innovation Days event, where BIPOC perspectives were a huge theme. We debuted a video sharing their voices, unveiled new survey data on their experiences with diabetes technology and D-care, and hosted a live BIPOC advocates roundtable.
This holiday season, in a year like 2020 with pandemic concerns peaking, is tougher than usual. Finding thankfulness may be more challenging than ever before. But if diabetes teaches us anything, it’s that we can roll with the punches — and being thankful is possible, even in difficult moments. This inspirational song on YouTube hits that note spot-on, and it’s being shared widely at the moment. Here’s to the people in our lives and the D-Community overall. Here at DiabetesMine, we are thankful for you all!