One day in late August, a group of "D Moms" from around the country came together in cyberspace to figure out a way to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes. And ProjectBlueNovember was born.
Project Blue November's purpose is to provide a curated collection of ideas and inspiration for people who want to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes.
We realized that each of us knew about some event or activity already in place to promote Type 1 diabetes, but that there was no single place for people to find that information.
And in the true spirit of mothers everywhere, we decided that we better just do it ourselves! And we challenge you to join us!
Type 1 Vs Type 2 diabetes
We're all in this together!
November is Diabetes Awareness Month...Diabetes...not Type 1, not Type 2. The two diseases are very different, but misperceptions abound about each. According to the JDRF website:
Type 1 Diabetes (formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes)
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) can occur at any age, but is most commonly diagnosed from infancy to late 30s. If a person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, their pancreas produces little to no insulin, and the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
Those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times every day or continually infuse insulin through a pump, as well as manage their diet and exercise habits.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) typically develops after age 40, but has recently begun to appear with more frequency in children. If a person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, their pancreas still produces insulin, but the body does not produce enough or is not able to use it effectively.
Those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes manage their disease through a combination of treatments, including diet control, exercise, self-monitoring of blood glucose, and in some cases, oral drugs or insulin.
Buy a T Shirt and support a charity!
Several times a year, Project Blue November will pick out a tee shirt design and a charity to support. We will set fundraising goals for our exclusive awareness T shirts. When the goals are met, all profits will be sent directly to the designated charity. So far this year more than $2000 has been raised for two different charities! We post the tee shirt sales on our Facebook page--so check it out!
This is a volunteer, not-for-profit project. We have no partnerships or compensation in any way from any groups we have promoted on these pages.
All content from Project Blue November should not be taken as direct medical advice. Always speak to your doctor/endocrinologist for medical advice.
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Everyone with diabetes deserves to live a healthy, happy and hopeful life. The Diabetes Daily community is visited by millions each year seeking to learn how to manage their diabetes and stay motivated in order to live a better life.
Moira McCarthy, JDRF volunteer & outreach speaker, shares her experience & advice on the highs & lows of raising a child with Type 1 diabetes.