I’m a T1 who advocates for myself with my endocrinologist — who reminds the doctor that I am an individual trying to manage T1 diabetes on a day to day basis, not a statistic or an A1c number. I want to get the most out of my care but I also hope that others might get treated based on their own situation, not where they fall ona spectrum of diabetes.
I’m a T1 who wears my diabetes paraphenalia where ever it works best for me — and I take every question as an opportunity to educate a little, or possibly expand one person’s perception of what a person with diabetes looks like.
Every day, I am a T1 who cares deeply about my daughter’s T1 experience. She was diagnosed at age 3 so I am her advocate with her doctors, teachers, friends, family. I am her nearest model of what life with T1 looks like, can look like. I hope that my tiny bits of local advocacy make her life better in some ways, open some doors, and most of all make her feel that she can stand up for what she needs and the life she wants to live – diabetes or no diabetes.
This is my first post for #DBlogWeek. You can read more about it at Karen Graffeo’s Bitter~Sweet blog. Here’s the prompt for Post #1: Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you.