Spare a Rose, Save a Child

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Around the world, lack of access to insulin is the most common cause of death for many children with diabetes. In fact, in some parts of the world, the estimated life expectancy of a child who has just developed diabetes could be less than a year. *

This Valentine’s Day our community can help change that.

Through the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign, we raise awareness and donations for Life for a Child, an International Diabetes Federation program which provides life-saving diabetes supplies, medication, and education that children in developing countries need to stay alive.

Spare a Rose, Save a Child is simple: buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and donate the value of that flower to children with diabetes. Your loved one at home still gets flowers and you both show some love to children around the world who need it.

One rose, one month of life. A dozen roses, a year of life for a child with diabetes.  We’re hopeful that you will embrace this cause this year.

There are two things you can do to help:

1. Make a Donation to Life for a Child

2. Spread the Word

During the first two weeks of February (1-14), please help raise awareness for “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” by blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, etc. about the effort. We encourage you to use the marketing materials we’ve provided and reference our FAQs as you help us spread the word. Our goal this year is to engage people outside of the DOC too, so don’t forget to reach out to your family, friends, and colleagues.

We hope you’ll share in our effort to channel some of our love for our families into helping other families keep their loved ones alive. It is a simple but life-changing message and just a few dollars goes a long way. Spare a Rose also shows that the diabetes online community takes care of one another – both online and off – in America and around the world.

Sincerely,

The Partnering for Diabetes Change team, on behalf of the Diabetes Online Community

http://www.idf.org/lifeforachild/the-programme

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: stay-at-home parent wisdom!

I had a chance to meet Scott in person for the first time in the summer of 2012. Previously, I had only read some of his posts on his blog Arden’s Day about the life of Arden, his daughter who lives with type 1 diabetes. When I met him, I felt an immediate connection to him, as if I had known him for a very long time. And having just finished his book “Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad” I can see why.

Scott’s first book (being such a great writer, I sure hope it’s only his first!) is so chock full of moments you cannot avoid but smile at, think through, and cry to, as he describes the innermost details of his life as a stay-at-home dad. He exhibits the courage to bare his soul every bit as much as he makes you crack up with his brilliant humor. When you think you’ve read the best of the book, he hits a home run taking a powerful stance on the role of men in families today, and how we can sometimes take a position towards certain chores in family life (from sports to laundry), that unknowingly perpetuates a cycle that we really need to be contributing to break.

Scott’s wisdom shines even more as he dives into the moments leading up to Arden’s diagnosis, through their first few years with her living with diabetes, and how it fundamentally changed everything they believed to be ready for in their lives as parents. He writes:

“I don’t need more than four, maybe five, hours of sleep a night and the hours don’t have to be consecutive. The only thing that matters is that Arden’s blood glucose doesn’t drop so low overnight that she dies in her sleep.”

What Scott leaves you with in the end is a contagious sense that, in spite of all odds (having your adoptive father leave you, working through crappy jobs, receiving the terrible news about one of your children having a serious chronic condition)… you really can be happy anywhere. As Scott says:

“you can choose to stand in [a sad state of mind] or walk forward and leave it behind.”

So, run (don’t walk) and order (or pre-order, if it’s not April 2, 2013 -when it becomes available) “Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad.” You will be glad you did!

Featured on HealthiNation

I haven’t been the best of bloggers… actually, I have been a VERY bad blogger. Last time I posted in here was nearly a month ago. But there’s a good reason for this. We’ve been VERY busy! We’ve been to New York, to Madrid and all over the place preparing for November, Diabetes Awareness Month.

With November, comes Big Blue Test, one of the most important diabetes awareness programs at the Diabetes Hands Foundation… I will tell you more about it in a few days, but for now, I wanted to share this preview video of the 4-episode series by HealthiNation about the work we do at Diabetes Hands Foundation. Hope you enjoy it!