Nov. 14, World Diabetes Day
In a store the other day, a nice man asked me about my medical bracelet. He wondered why some people wore them. When I told him, he quickly understood, and told me about his Grandmother who had her legs amputated due to her Diabetes condition.
I’ll bet that you know someone affected with Diabetes. If you don’t, well here I am, you know me. I have Type 1 Diabetes, I was diagnosed in 2004 at the age of 36. I fought some kind of weird illness in 2003, later the doctors told me it was a virus, that ultimately shut down my pancreas. Apparently I had the inactive gene all my life, and this funky virus activated it. So there you go, long and troubled story short, I am Diabetic now, and will be forever. I have made the best of it, and in the long run it has taught me to live healthy, happier and be more aware of life around me.
Tomorrow, Nov. 14, is World Diabetes Day. It is a day to reflect and understand what this disease is all about. To help the person you know, or even don’t know, feel that they are not alone, just don’t offer us a sugar laden dessert or beverage. Awareness, understanding and a little knowledge is all that we can ask. In honor of the day, the simplest thing you can do is wear your favorite Blue shirt.
To commemorate American Diabetes Month, cities around the world will light buildings blue on November 14, 2008 for World Diabetes Day. This year’s festivities to light San Jose City Hall blue was spearheaded by the American Diabetes Association in collaboration with Healthy Silicon Valley, and Youth Health Advocates of Gilroy.
Join Us for World Diabetes Day at City Hall in downtown San Jose! On Friday, November 14, the world will light up the skyline with blue light for diabetes awareness in honor of World Diabetes Day!
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases to affect children. Every day more than 200 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Many children in developing countries die shortly after being diagnosed with diabetes simply because they either do not have access or cannot afford insulin, the life saving drug discovered over 87 years ago. A child’s access to appropriate medication and care should be a right not a privilege.
Join the 100 Youth Health Advocates and local dignitaries for a proclamation, presentations and for the lighting of the City Hall Rotunda in blue at dusk. Here are the details:
San Jose City Hall
200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Friday, November 14, 2008
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, including 500,000 in the Bay Area. Moreover, diabetes can cause severe complications that lead to kidney failure, blindness, amputations, and heart disease. In contrast to declining death rates due to heart disease, stroke, or cancer, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45% since 1987.
Along with San Francisco City Hall and San Jose City Hall, 740 buildings will be lit in blue globally, including the London Eye, the Sears Tower in Chicago, the Empire State Building in New York, the Tokyo Tower in Japan, the CN Tower in Toronto, Niagara Falls, the Sydney Opera House, the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
For more information about World Diabetes Day please contact Richard Alejandro, Executive Director, San Jose, American Diabetes Association. In addition, if you would like to find out more information about American Diabetes Month, please call 1-888-DIABETES (1-888-342-2383) Information is available in English and Spanish.
American Diabetes Association – There is no cure, only help. Thank you.