Sunday, April 1, 2012

WEGO Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge – Day 1

Today is the first day of WEGO’s HAWMC. Every day during the month of April a different prompt will be used by health activists and bloggers across the world to raise awareness for a wide variety of health issues, including diabetes, lupus, Celiac’s disease, fibromyalgia, childhood arthritis, and so much more! I will be (attempting) to participate daily as an activist for Type 1 diabetes.

Today’s prompt asks us to “Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you & your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112. What’s in it? What would people think of it when they found it?”

This is a really interesting question when you think about it. I have faith and hope that in 2112 those who open our time capsule will have no idea what these items are used for because diabetes would have been cured a long time ago. So in my vision of this they will be confused and interested in what they've come across. Included in our time capsule will be information about what Type 1 diabetes is, it's causes and how those with T1 must take insulin daily in order to stay alive. We'll have pictures of children and adults affected by diabetes to show examples of how diabetes doesn't discriminate. Included will be a blood glucose meter, lancing device, lancets, insulin syringes, the beloved glucagon kit, bottles of insulin, and testing strips. We will include in there the daily routine of something that is living with type 1 diabetes including from wake up throughout the night of sleep.

My hope is that those who open this time capsule will see how much care and work is put into living a life with type 1, but how those affected don't let it get them down and they keep on fighting back and speaking out.