The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is offering you the chance to walk in a T1's footsteps for a day...will you accept the challenge?
JDRF Website: "When you sign up for theT1D for a Day text challenge, you agree to receive as many as 24 text messages over a 24-hour period that simulate the constant blood sugar testing, insulin injections, and dietary decisions that confront people with T1D."
At first glance, it doesn't sound like it will be that big of a deal, or really give you a lot of insight into this condition. But IT IS! It's a way for someone without diabetes to get a very slight idea of just how pervasive Type 1 diabetes is during the course of the day. Testing blood sugars, calculating insuling doses, figuring out food choices, cramming in some exercise and figuring out why numbers don't match? That gives you just a SLIGHT sense of diabetes knocking on your door all day long. This exercise is brought to life by the JDRF.
One the statements from their website is:
"While no virtual campaign can recreate the many needles required or the physical and financial tolls of this serious disease, T1D for a Day seeks to deepen understanding of the many heroic steps our friends and loved ones with T1D take each day."
To sign up for T1D for a Day, text T1D4ADAY to 63566. You will receive a confirmation text that will cycle you through registration. Or you can CLICK HERE to sign up through the web.
Heartfelt thanks to anyone who supports a person with diabetes (PWD) everyday by being a friend or a loved one. PWD's have a heavy load to carry and having others who understand or seek to understand, means the more than you can imagine.
If you take the challenge and would like to share your experience, I would LOVE to hear it either via email (link on the right sidebar) or leave me a comment.