With November being Diabetes Awareness Month and the recent death of another child due to diabetes, Diabetes Advocacy is starting a memorial for those that we have lost due to diabetes. They are hoping to have that up and running by November 14th, World Diabetes Day. You can check their website out at http://www.diabetesadvocacy.com and there is a place on the front page of the site to email them about adding names to the memorial list.
I added my cousin Craig’s name. Craig was diagnosed about a year after I was (I was diagnosed in 1984). Craig died December 20, 2006. It was a shock to the family when he died.
Unfortunately, Craig is only one of many that has died because of diabetes – whether because of low blood sugar or from complications. Although treatment has come a long way, until it can prevent any deaths from happening, it has not come far enough. We also need to make insurance companies aware of the importance of having a CGMS available to everyone that wants or needs one. When I was first diagnosed, my insurance company did not want to pay for a meter for me and my doctor had to fight them on that one. Now it is common practice for everyone to test their blood sugar frequently. I hope the day comes that a CGMS is also common practice.
After the internet was a buzz with the death of Eilish, the 13 year old girl that died from dead in bed syndrome, Diabetes Advocacy decided to start a memorial to those that we have lost. When I emailed them to add my cousin’s name, they said that the project has grown quickly. They will have a separate website and will announce the link once it is up and running. I will also share that here. So, if you have a loved one that you would like to add to the list, go to the link that I posted above and send Diabetes Advocacy an email. You can also send a picture of the person that you want to add to the list.
And I can’t close this without adding my daily reminder to watch the Big Blue Test video. It is a very important cause and every click helps get a child insulin.