Today is something I just heard about a few weeks ago called ‘Diabetes Alert Day’. Apparently it’s the 20th year the American Diabetes Association has been recognizing this day about alerting people how to prevent type 2 diabetes.
The reason I became aware of Diabetes Alert Day is because I was asked to give my A1c Champion presentation today as part of a larger diabetes health event at a hospital in Brooklyn. A week ago I was told the event was canceled. Frankly, I don’t know why but I do wonder why and think it’s a sadstatement that we’re canceling more information getting out there about diabetes.
I read on Amy Tenderich’s blog, DiabetesMine, this morning that you might want to be your own spokesperson and today tell two people about diabetes. I think that’s a great idea. Here’s another: Since they cancelled Diabetes Alert Day, let’s cancel our diabetes today.
By that I mean, today do what Dr. William Polonsky, CDE, psychologist and founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute advises we should be doing every so often to avoid burn-out – take a “mini-vacation from diabetes.” Put down your fears (that’s my advice), maybe test once less today, have that bagel, and give yourself a break.
Until we can cancel diabetes for real, I think we have to give ourselves a pink slip every now and then.