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Calling Brave Leaders to the 2011 UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases

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Other posts I have planned are being pushed for this one.  Right now this is important.  Also, cheery posts don’t feel right as a hurricane is making it’s way over and will surely cause destruction and heartache for many.  Much like diabetes.

In September the UN is holding a summit on non-communicable diseases which is to give a large push of attention and priority to the greatest killer in the world: non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

I think all would agree that prevention of these diseases needs to be a huge focus in order begin to repair, heal, and prevent further economic devastation and human suffering.  We’re heading towards a catastrophic situation where all the world’s largest economies fall under the strain of high numbers of people who are not well and require expensive treatments, when prevention would have been the most humane and affordable route.  This is not an issue of a handful of people not taking care of themselves.  We’re talking about a situation where the policies and decisions and current way of life doesn’t support people and their health nearly as much as they should.  Very persistent measures need to be drawn and committed to so that these diseases and the human suffering they cause can be treated and minimized.

Right now, influential leaders, such as our President, who are invited to attend are unable to commit to responsibilities for which we need them.  I personally don’t get why the President would attend all these honorable memorials (like for MLK) but not something this crucial.  I highly recommend you read this article by Manny Hernandez of TuDiabetes, and read this article by Riva Greenberg at the Huffington Post.  They go into better explanations of all this.

We’re all needed right now.  Present human life and well being should be respected as well as the health and economic stability of our future generations, too.  The hopeful thing about non-communicable diseases is that there is a lot we can do to lessen the blow they have on people if we get the commitment and support we need from our leaders.

Here is what you can do to help out.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page and you’ll see easy ways you can raise your voice.

None of us can escape to the Diamond Planet just yet, so let’s keep this one and it’s people healthy and moving forward.

If You Do One Productive Thing Today, Let it Be This

Today, it’s Friday and we’re excited about the upcoming weekend.  Maybe we have big plans for Saturday night.  Maybe today we’ll relax at home with our loved ones.  We’ll give another shot or change another infusion set and check our blood sugar 6-10 times.

But somewhere out there is a little girl who is going to make her daily 10 mile trek in bare feet just to receive her insulin shot at a small clinic and have her blood sugar tested.  She’ll only get one shot today and one blood sugar test.  Who knows how she’ll make it through the day.

And somewhere else a person is winging their diabetes because they were never informed about carb counting and have no way of knowing how much insulin to give at any given time.

And somewhere, perhaps closer still, is a boy whose mom has to quit work because there is no one at her son’s school legally capable of giving him his life-saving medication.

We want to get President Obama to show up at the United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) in September where he is not planned to attend.  It would send a strong message if he attended to push for better treatment for people with diabetes.  This means access for everyone, in our country and abroad to all the equipment and medicine we need to not only survive, but thrive with diabetes.  This means getting adequate information and education to those with diabetes about how to take care of themselves.  And this means equal and just treatment in the workplace and at school for adults and children with diabetes.

It’s in all of our best interest to support this. 

The International Diabetes Federation is willing to print out the postcards to mail to the White House if we just electronically sign a card online.  Go here to do this.

Be part of the solution.

And have a fantastic Friday :)



And a Happy New Year…


Change always comes bearing gifts

~Price Pritchett

As I sit stranded at home thanks to the lovely snow I can’t help but think about the future.  I’m asking myself what I want out of 2011.  A few days before the new year is an excellent time to think about what you want to do differently next time around.  What did you do or not do in 2010 that you would change?  Ask yourself this question and be brutally honest with your answer.  Write it down.  Ask yourself why you did some of the things you did.  Think about why you didn’t do some things.  Narrow your list down to 6 changes you want to make.

This is Leo Babauta’s 6 Changes Method.  I did it last year and for the first time did I actually achieve some New Year’s Resolutions.  Finally.  I’d been trying to do this since I was little and each year my resolutions would just float away like a kite string I allowed to slip through my fingers.  2010 was full of steady improvement for me and it felt good.  There is still MUCH to improve upon and change and better so I’m excited to come up with my 6 changes this week. 

I’ll be posting them January 1st.  I strongly encourage you to try this method of producing a new habit.  It works because you spend two consecutive months focusing on just one new change at a time.  6 in a year, total.  And because you’re not overwhelmed trying to do 10 different things at once, chances are you’ll succeed. 

Seriously, try it.  Take the next few days to think of 6 changes you want to make in 2011 and we’ll go from there.  And don’t worry that something like flossing your teeth is too small a change.  Flossing is extraordinarily important because when we get older, a gum infection can help take years off of our lives.  And that, as opposed to simple flossing, is a big deal, no?  So don’t worry about trying to make enormous changes, focus on making meaningful changes that you know will have far-reaching, long-lasting effects on your life.

I hope you just had a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holiday with the ones you love. 

Here’s to a wonderful upcoming New Year!