Give to a good cause, or two

 

Think about making a year-end tax-deductible gift

Donation to JDRF

I just sent a check for $350 to theJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This is part of my commitment – to donate part of the proceeds from the sale of my book, “The ABCs of Loving Yourself with Diabetes,” to an organization making life better for those with diabetes. If you purchased a book this year this donation was possible because of you.

Last year your purchase funded asimilar donation to Diabetes Research Institute, another premier institute searching for a cure for diabetes. 

Every year I’ll make a donation to a diabetes organization from the sale of “The ABCs of Loving Yourself with Diabetes.” So buy a book and do yourself and others a good deed.

TuDiabetes

Like JDRF, started by a few families with type 1 kids wanting to raise awareness, TuDiabetes, one, if notthe world’s largest diabetes social networking site, is making a similarly dramatic difference in the life of people with diabetes. TuDiabetes, the dream and vision of Manny Hernandez, is a place where almost 10,000 PWDs across the planet come together to share their stories, information, hopes, fears and  inspire one another. Manny’s mission is that no one with diabetes feel alone. 

Manny’s Diabetes Hands Foundation, from which TuDiabetes was born, is constantly active raising diabetes awareness through projects they both initiate and support. Think about lending your support as you watch Manny’s video. From every dollar you donate TuDiabetes and diabetes awareness grows. I’ve had the pleasure to get to know Manny a bit this year and I can tell you no one has a truer heart.

Sometimes I think it’s easy for all of us in this diabetes-blogging world to forget that we actually affect something or someone out there, speaking and listening virtually as we do. But as I look back on my year I know that we do. 

I’ve written enough posts to share my personal ups and downs with diabetes and get it out of my system, for the moment that is. I’ve written several articles for various diabetes magazines and been advisor for a few diabetes organizations. I’ve seen my second book, “50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It” hit bookstores and receive praise from reviewers and thumbs up from readers. I’ve been invited to Roche pharmaceuticals’ first diabetes bloggers social summit. I gave away 2,000 of my books at the International Diabetes Federation conference that are now in libraries, clinics and practitioners’ and patients’ hands around the world. I’ve traveled across the states educating and inspiring fellow patients. I’ve flown to England to become a more skilled health coach and been taught by two Harvard professors to enhance my skills even further. One of my aims next year is to be part of the solution helping patients improve their self-management.  

Of course this all came at a cost: I traveled far and wide, met wonderful new people, made some incredible new friends and made my husband very proud. Here’s to a great new year for all of us.

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