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So today I have a choice: I can either tell you three blog posts I’ve read and loved this week, or I can tell you three new blogs I’ve found, or I can pick another wildcard and tell you my fantasy device.
Since it’s the last day of Diabetes Blog Week and I don’t really want to leave any stone unturned, I’ll do all of them (sort of).
Rather than one big thing, just a handful of little things:
- I’m beginning to think the name Katie/Katy may soon overtake Sara/Sarah as the unofficial Most-Common-Woman’s-Name in the DOC. Thankfully (or not), Scott still holds a commanding lead in the Men’s Name category. Read the rest of this entry
Six years ago, Valentine’s Day began to represent something new to me: children. February 14, 2007 is the day my first son was born, and the day that my priorities in life changed forever.
Imagine seeing your child suffering — dying — because they life-saving treatments he or she needs are not within your reach. Can you imagine it? I can’t. I can’t even bring myself to think about it. But to some, it is a reality.
That’s what the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign is all about. The whole idea is beautiful in its simplicity. You’ve probably heard of it already, but previous attempts to reach you were misdirected to your Spam folder (as Kerri’s email to me was), here’s the scoop: (you can read the description in long-form, including how to spread the word, here)
We want to help the Life for a Child program, sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation, which aims to take “contributions from donors [to] go to established diabetes centers enabling them to provide the ongoing clinical care and diabetes education these children need to stay alive.” Our idea was to take the typical “dozen roses,” so popular on Valentine’s Day, and save just one rose to spare the life of a child. “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” is simple: buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and share the value of that flower with a child with diabetes in the developing world. Your loved one at home still gets flowers, and you both show some love to someone who needs it.
You can share the value of that 12th rose by using the shortlink to the IDF website set up as part of this campaign: http://bit.ly/SpareRoseSaveChild. This program runs through Saturday the 16th although contributions, of course, will be accepted at any time.
If you’re like most guys — myself included — you won’t even think about buying your loved one a gift until 5:30pm on Thursday (I still get heat for not getting my wife anything six Valentine’s Days ago… hey, I was distracted!), so it’s not too late. And if you’re not a guy, well, you can participate too.
I hope you will.
On Thursday evening, I attended the JDRF Type-1 Adult Meetup in New York City. It was a great chance to meet some of the friends I’ve made online, but now in real life. It was also a chance to meet others who I’d not known previously: like the woman who was diagnosed fifty years ago, the mother whose infant son had T1 before she did, and the twentysomething who learned of his insulin-dependence just a few years ago.
To many, JDRF is all about finding a cure. Or at least it should be about that, they say. I’ve read and heard the criticisms: that they throw too much support towards the Artificial Pancreas, that they are negligent in not supporting Dr. Faustman’s research, that that they’re a sell-out to big Pharma and big business, and pretty much any other conspiracy theory you can come up with.
I don’t believe it.