- Well, how about we start simply by bringing attention to it. Have you put that little blue circle on your twitter avatar yet? How about your facebook picture? That's a simple way to draw out conversation about it. Then, friends and family may ask, "what does that little blue circle mean?"
- Take those teachable moments this month and do something with them. Instead of smiling and nodding, really explain why you're testing your or your child's blood. When a person mentions your "beeper," actually tell them it's an insulin pump that delivers insulin to your body...and...not just to keep you healthy, but to keep you alive. Explain to someone who thinks diabetes means staying away from sugar, that, in all seriousness, sugar is extremely necessary in diabetes. (You know, I'm writing all these suggestions down because, really, I need to do these things too!)
- Sign a petition! Sign the Google Doodle petition. It's asking Google to light their homepage doodle in blue to raise awareness for World Diabetes Day (November 14th).
- So much more going on. Take a look at the World Diabetes Day website.
- On World Diabetes Day (November 14th) there will be a whole diabetes community blood glucose check at 2:00 pm eastern time. Check and post the number on your twitter account, facebook, blog or website.
- And, don't forget to wear blue!
If we take even these small steps together, we can help raise awareness.