Job hunting is perhaps one of the least rewarding activities one can take part in. You spend all day busting your hump viewing job boards, writing cover letters, and applying to jobs with little to nothing to show at the end for all the hard work. In all honesty, it really sucks and over time it slowly works away at one’s morale and spirit.
A few weeks ago I decided that I was tired of devoting a full day to searching for a job and wanted to instead spend a portion of my day doing something rewarding that would help someone else. I knew I wanted to help to increase awareness about the effects of Diabetes before World Diabetes Day on November 14th. I decided the best way to do this was by raising money to send a child with Type 1 Diabetes to a special D-camp where they learn to self-manage their condition.
As some of you may know my father was a diabetic for 30 years. I know first hand how difficult it is for someone living with diabetes and those difficulties are compounded when that someone is an 8 or 9 year old. From the moment a child is first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes their entire world changes. Where their parents were once able to simply prepare meals for the family, they now must consider glucose levels, count carbohydrates, adjust basal and bolus levels. Simple things like heading out for a family bike ride now involve remembering to pack snacks, juice boxes, and test strips. D-Camps are able to empower these children and help make that reality easier to manage.
D-Camps allow kids the opportunity to indulge in their sense of fun and adventure in a diabetes-friendly environment. They meet and connect with other kids who share the same experiences and get a better understand of what diabetes is. They also get to participate in outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, and canoeing that help promote personal growth. Finally, these kids learn how to self-manage their diabetes in a supportive, nurturing environment. Kids return from camp less reliant on their parents and better able to manage day-to-day hurdles.
November is Diabetes Month. It’s a month devoted to raising awareness about Diabetes and helping educate the general public about the disease and prevention. Be sure to check out the links below as they will help you gain a better understanding about what diabetes is and about why it is one of the most serious problems facing this generation of children.
My father was one of the lucky ones. He has been insulin free for 9 years thanks to a pancreas transplant, but he lives everyday with the reminder of diabetes. Not only did he lose the sight out of his right eye but also experienced kidney failure. He spent nearly 2 years on dialysis, three times a week, five hours at a time before his sister generously donated one to him. Managing diabetes is hard because if you don’t, there are consequences you’ll have to deal with for the rest of your life.
Together we can help raise the level of discussion in this country about diabetes while making the life of a child struggling with diabetes better. Remember, a small donation goes a long way in making a big difference.
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