“If each person helps another person, the world will change”

Dear TuDiabetes Friends

I come to you for help! I believe, it is crucial that our community comes together and take ownership of the wonderful opportunity of doing something really BIG: As you might know, We have less than 14 days to reach our 20000 Big Blue Test entries in order to raise $100,000 for people with diabetes in need. BECAUSE OF THE NOV. 14th DEADLINE, we need to act fast!

I also want to present to you the video we did for the Big Blue Test grantee in Haiti. Please take few minutes to watch the work we could help make possible if we reach our goal.

2012 BiG Blue Test diabetes grantee: FHADIMAC, Haiti

I am so proud of this video. I wish you could been in Haiti with us to realize first hand how important it is that we are able to raise the funds to help nonprofits like FHADIMAC. The video the best next thing I can give you as a good reason to step up! It shows among other things, the power of coming together in helping ourselves and helping others: the element behind our program, and how we can help people empower themselves and others… I believe it is a strong statement to why it is important we do whatever its in our power to reach our goal so we can raise the $100000 Roche has committed for these charities.

I come to you to ask YOU to PLEASE STAND UP and DO THE BIG BLUE TEST! In fact, IF HALF THE COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER ON THIS, WE RUN NO RISK OF MISSING OUR GOAL!


What to Do?

1. DO THE BIG BLUE TEST: Do it once or take the chanllenge and do it everyday. It will make a difference. Each test equals a live saving donation of $5 to these charities: http://www.bigbluetest.org/faq/.

2. SPREAD THE WORD | Enlist your Friends/Family/Community: Write a blog-article, contact your local newspaper, send an email to all your contacts, use Intagram. Twitter, facebook to engage other people. (#bigbluetest). Take a Big Blue Test challenge and exercise for 14 days in a row with your family or by yourself and record it using the app or the #bigbluetest
3. ORGANIZE A LOCAL BIG BLUE TEST EVENT: Read this short post with easy instructions, no headaches entering data, I promise… “The idea of you sitting at the computer and logging 100 Big Blue Tests on the Big Blue Test website, however, is less than wonderful (even with the ease of the new Big Blue Test iPhone app now available in the iTunes app store). There are a couple different ways for you to get us batches of results. Pick which way works best for you” READ MORE:

Please DO take ownership, if we come together on this, we WILL do something big! Help yourself and help others, we are not alone in this, I know we can count on our community to make the donation to these year Big Blue Test grantees possible, while we help ourselves learning the benefit of geting active

Thank you, we are counting on YOU,
Andreina D.

What a beautiful message… The Big Blue Test is a great Diabetes related initiative and TuDiabetes is a great site to promote it!

3 Things Health Professionals can learn with Diabetes

Jane K. Dickinson has lived with type 1 diabetes for 37 years. Today, she is a registered nurse and CDE, located in Steamboat Springs, CO. When it comes to her own diabetes management, she uses syringes with Novolog and Lantus insulin. On top of meeting with patients, Jane is the coordinator for the master’s program in “diabetes education and management” at Teachers College Columbia University. She strives to help her students connect with their patients on a new level, to become a source of motivation for progress and change. You can check out her own diabetes blog where she writes about everyday things and how they relate to diabetes.

Here, Jane shares 3 things she’s learned from her patients with diabetes:

  1. Every person with diabetes is unique. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, budgets, and the need to be as efficient as possible, health care has become very standardized, which can lessen the ability to offer more individualized care.”In my diabetes education practice, I’m very fortunate to have 60 minutes to meet with each patient — which is a lot compared to what some health care providers have. The remaining challenge, though, is how many times I get to meet with that patient and follow-up, either because they’re too busy or their insurance won’t pay for more than one visit in a certain amount of time.”
  2. There are common threads for everyone with diabetes. People clearly benefit from being part of a community. There is a fine line, she says, between keeping within the structure of the standardized system and making sure the patients gets specifically what they need and want in their appointment.”Gradually, I see my patients getting more active online. Locally, I don’t see people getting involved in diabetes-related groups, but I am noticing patients finding support and encouragement from other people with diabetes in online communities. Having a connection makes a tremendous difference. I have noticed there seems to be more online interactions with type 1 patients than those with type 2, but that is gradually changing, and I am referring more and more of my patients to online communities.”
  3. It’s not about me! Jane’s strongest focus when communicating with her patients is to inform, motivate and support them, rather than lecture or tell them what to do.”I’ve heard health care professionals say, ‘I got my patient to do this,’ and ‘I got my patient to do that.’ It’s not about me or your physician, and what I ‘convinced’ you to do as my patient. It’s about what they do in their life. I’m here to facilitate my patients’ progress, and educate them. I am not trying to convince or force or sway someone to do something.”

Stay tuned for more articles and interviews with Jane over the next few months! Do you have questions or articles from the perspective of a CDE living with diabetes that you’d like to read? Post your comments and suggestions here and we’ll be sure to consider them!

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