Today is World Diabetes Day. It is Dr. Fredrick Banting's Birthday, this day is a day recognized by the World Health Organization internationally as a day to raise awareness about the disease that is now reaching global epidemic levels.
Every day people are being diagnosed with one of the many different types of diabetes. It knows no age bounds, or body weight restrictions, diabetes doesn't discriminate on wealthy or poor or race or creed. Diabetes is a HUGE drain on our healthcare system, we absolutely MUST do more to stop it. You and your loved ones are not "Safe" from diabetes.
It's why I continue to work at the most challenging job I have ever had. JDRF is funding cutting-edge research that is vetted by many people much smarter than I. I work tirelessly with amazing volunteers and people living with diabetes to fund this research.
It's not just important to me. It's important to you. If you know anyone who has diabetes (which you absolutely do, and definitely more than me) this research is benefiting you and your future.
I don't want any more phone calls hearing about toddlers, or teenagers or adults being diagnosed with diabetes. I don't want to hear about people losing their job because of discrimination.
Frankly, I don't want my job to exist.
So today we celebrate our triumphs, but I put my head down and keep thinking of ways to make people truly care with their words and their wallets to end this epidemic.
And if you got this far, thanks for reading. I promise that's it for awhile on diabetes-for you.