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As I was planning to launch my blog a few months ago, I knew I wanted to include a category on Type 1 Diabetes, a condition I’ve had since I was 14. Over the years, I’ve drawn inexplicable support from the online diabetes community by reading other blogs written by persons with diabetes, specifically type 1.
There will be future posts on my diagnosis story, transitioning into adulthood with T1D, dispelling common misconceptions, intentionally choosing how to manage my diabetes, and other important advocacy issues…We’ll get to that, I promise!
But TODAY…I’d like to introduce you to a fantastic and far-reaching opportunity to help a child with type 1 diabetes without access to insulin.
You see, we all need insulin to survive! People with Type 1 Diabetes (often diagnosed in persons aged 30 or younger…but we grow up!) have an autoimmune disorder that causes us to no longer produce our own insulin. Insulin regulates the amount of sugar in our blood. When we eat, the glucose from our food travels through the bloodstream throughout our bodies. Without insulin, the glucose builds up in the blood, the body doesn’t gets its nutrients, and the person becomes emaciated and can starve to death.
So…insulin’s pretty important!
And it can be pretty expensive. It can be expensive without insurance. It can be expensive with insurance. It can also be scarce in some parts of the world. I’m not talking about insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, I’m talking about the most basic diabetes management tools of insulin, blood glucose testing, and education to use them!
Here’s where we can help!
There is an 501c(3) not-for-profit organization called Life for a Child, that runs an annual campaign called “Spare a Rose.” I’ve personally donated to them for years, because I believe in it and no child/adult/person should have to wonder where their insulin is coming from!
Here is the official mission, direct from the Life for a Child website:
“Living with type 1 diabetes can be challenging wherever you live, but in some countries lifesaving insulin, management tools and education are entirely unaffordable or even unavailable. Life for a Child partners with diabetes centres in these countries to supply young people with these vital components for life. We are working towards the vision: No Child Should Die of Diabetes.
The program commenced in 2000 and currently supports over 18,000 young people living with type 1 diabetes. In 20 of the 42 countries where we work, we have the resources to help every diagnosed child. With your support, we can achieve this in all 42.” – LFAC website
The idea is that from February 1-14, instead of buying a dozen Valentine’s roses for a loved one, you’d spare one of those roses and donate $5 to the campaign, knowing that you are making it easier for a person with T1D without access to insulin and diabetes education to have the opportunity to thrive!
I currently have 3 months’ worth of insulin lined up in the butter compartment of our fridge (ask any T1D, that’s where we keep it!) and I’m reminded that I. Am. Lucky. Please consider helping to level the playing field by donating to “Spare a Rose” and sharing this opportunity on social media.
“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:12
Gracia y paz,
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