Revolutionary things can come from a community of people working together and uniting for a common cause. Even within small settings, a community of teachers can change a school, a group of parents can change a community center, and so much more, if and only if everyone works together. Now imagine a community of people with a common goal working together worldwide? That is what World Diabetes Month is about.
November, World Diabetes Month, is a time for literally everyone in the world with Type 1 Diabetes to come together. It does not matter where you are from, where you live, what your background is, what language you speak, how much money you have, or what you believe in. If you have type 1 diabetes, you are one and the same. You are part of a community of people who care about each other. These people not only share and live with the the same struggles, celebrations, and challenges as you, but they struggle, celebrate, and are challenged with you. Almost everyone you encounter in the closely-knit type 1 diabetes community cares about each other and is willing to help each other whenever is needed.
It is just as important to understand that more than just helping each other, the community of people with type 1 diabetes can work together to help raise awareness and understanding of type 1 diabetes. If everyone with type 1 diabetes worked within their own community to teach what type 1 diabetes is, what it entails, and why it is important to learn about the condition, the entire world would understand diabetes. It is important not to be shy about sharing your experiences or knowledge, because it is the only way to improve life for the encouraging diabetic community you are a part of; a community that is counting on you. It may seem impossible, but a community of people who truly believe in their work and refuse to give up, working hard together, can accomplish goals that may seem impossible to outsiders. World Diabetes Month is a time for everyone with diabetes around the world to come and work together to change the world.
Just today, I was called down to the nurse's office in my school to help a fellow student with diabetes because his insulin pump broke. Together, we were able to fix his pump so that he could deliver his insulin. The other day, I lent another girl with diabetes in my grade shoes to wear for gym! Even the diabetes community within my own high school works together, diabetes and non-diabetes related, to help each other out!
To me, the symbol of World Diabetes Month, a blue circle, signifies the unity and never-ending bond of people with diabetes around the world. However, it also shows that our struggle is not over until the entire world accepts and understands type 1 diabetes. In many places around the world such as in India, diabetes is not accepted by many people in the community. It is up to people with diabetes all over the world to work together to support people with diabetes in these areas and to help people without diabetes in these areas to better accept and understand the condition. Therefore, it is important that World Diabetes Day is a day we celebrate every day. Wear your blue circular pin or sticker or t-shirt (or whatever you have with a blue circle on it!) on other days of the year too, not just November 14th! If we want the world to understand and better accept type 1 diabetes, we must work together, year-round, world-wide! As Philip Pullman said, "You cannot change what you are, only what you do." We cannot change that we have type 1 diabetes, but by embracing the supportive community and working together, we can raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, one day at a time.
Hello everyone! I'm Hannah! I'm 16 years old and have been living a normal life with type 1 diabetes for 10 years! I'm so excited to share the journey of Penpals United with you through our blog!