I think this is great news. And I wrote about it on Thrive Global. I know there’s always been a raging debate where the JDRF should put its efforts. Many think only on research toward a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) or also helping people live wth the day to day of T1D.
I’m in the latter camp. I’d love a cure, but until that day I’ll take anything that helps make getting through the day easier. Not only will psychologists who understand the lived experience of type 1 diabetes help those who are struggling, but help us all. Find out how in the post.
On this Sunday evening, I hope to send you off to sleep with reason to congratulate yourself. You work hard managing diabetes, own what you do.
I first wrote this article for a creative expression contest run by Eli Lilly many years ago. I later included it in a HuffPost that today makes the sixth of my top 10 posts I’m recalling here.
As I was told by a wise man when I did volunteer work at a diabetes clinic for the poor in Bangalore, India, “Be good, do good, feel good.”
This is my graduating class: warm, dedicated, wonderful women who are also a mosaic reflection of New York City. We each received four days of training to become peer-leaders of the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program.
The program is now under the auspices of the Self-Management Resource Center but it’s the same program Kate Lorig, PhD Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Nurse, created while at Stanford. It became the gold standard for diabetes education.
I interviewed Lorig only a few months ago for HuffPost when I wrote about this educational program going online.
A funny feeling to be back “in school” forty years later yet each of these women knitted a small circle of support around each of us so that, as we hunched over our training manuals, nervous like newbies, we all got through boot camp.
I’m grateful to our master trainers, Guedy and Chris, who do this work in the community and have now equipped a score of us to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes.
I’m grateful to my new peer-leader partner and friend, Meryl, who will co-lead classes with me, and I know, without a shadow of a doubt, is my partner.
And I’m grateful to my adventurous friend, Susan, who left our classroom each day at lunchtime to walk the streets of Harlem in search of her favorite yuca, a vegetable I had never tasted before, and each time she returned victorious and shared her delectable find with me.