Diabetes is often infuriating. The promise that a cure is “just around the corner” starts to sound like a cruel joke, the cost of care seems astronomical with no apparent justification, and no one seems to notice how much diabetes is stealing from you and your family.
Working to make things better, even in small ways, can help mitigate the feeling of powerlessness that often plagues those with diabetes. Everyone can make a difference, even if it’s just standing up for someone else. Below are 10 ways you can be a diabetes advocate:
10. Talk with friends and family
Despite the fact that almost 10% of the American population has diabetes, there is still a lot of misinformation out there regarding how it’s caused and how it can and can’t be treated. People without diabetes probably don’t understand the mental, physical, and financial costs of the disease. By sharing your own experience, you can help debunk myths and help everyone understand that diabetes affects everyone.
9. Stand Up For Those Being Discriminated Against
Diabetes discrimination is illegal, but it still happens. People with diabetes may struggle to get driver’s licenses, fair treatment at work, equal public access to services, and even driver’s licenses. If you see something (or experience it yourself), say something!
If you need help, you can reach out to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to ask for legal assistance, file a complaint, or even share a success story.
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Katie Taylor started writing in 5th grade and hasn't stopped since. Her favorite place to pen a phrase is in front of her fireplace with a cup of tea, but she's been known to write in parking lots on the backs of old receipts if necessary. She and her husband live cozily in the Pacific Northwest enjoying rainy days and Netflix.