Chris Bishop, The Big "D"Post # 4
It is hard to believe that it has been a year since we as a Diabetic community celebrated the first World Diabetes Day. But that time has come again for us all to come together and show our support by bringing awareness to Diabetes. Although I have been a Diabetic for almost 21 years now, I am what some would call a born again Diabetic (thanks George for coining the term.) It was not until just a few years ago that I really began my life with Diabetes. Since that time, I have seen such growth in the Diabetes community and the advances that have come with it. World Diabetes days is definitely one of the biggest movements in Diabetes in recent years. Maybe not so much in the physical advances in finding a cure, but it has really helped in bring Diabetes into the spotlight. It has forces people to pay attention to Diabetes and be aware of it, aware of whom it affects and not to swept it under the rug. This awareness would not have been possible without the International Diabetes Foundation and the World Health Organization. In 1991, these two organizations saw the alarming rise in diabetes around the world and began taking steps to bring awareness, in hopes that this awareness would help in finding a cur. Because of these steps, In 2007, the United Nations marked the Day for the first time with the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution in December 2006, which made the existing World Diabetes Day an official United Nations World Health Day.
I am so happy and proud to be living in a day and age that we can see the world come together to spread the word about something that affects so many. The Diabetes community is such a wonderful group to be associated with. You can see their passion for the cause in their actions on this day.
You can see the events of the day by visiting the World Diabetes Day website.
Today, I will be doing my part to bring awareness by dressing and lighting my home in blue. I urge everyone to do their part and make their mark on society.