I’ve been pretty absent from November’s Dia-palooza this year… not really sure why, but so many people are doing so many good things awareness-wise that I doubt I could add much. I think I’d just be saying the same things in a different way…
And honestly, the destruction left in the wake diabetes seems to pale with the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. And now another major storm bears down upon that same region.
But that will change, how quickly will we forget the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy as we continue to be faced with the challenges, and sometimes tragedies, of diabetes in our daily lives?
That’s the rub it seems… the brand “diabetes” seems to take over at times. It’s not about the people anymore, it’s about the “condition”. But since I know so many of the people involved, I’m able to keep them in mind.
I wonder how people outside the community view this “awareness” drive that National Diabetes Month has turned out to be?
For myself, as a diabetic, it becomes a bit too much diabetes at times during November. But if I wasn’t diabetic and a loved one was, it might very well be a great avenue to “help”, to do something so things can get better.
But still, people will adapt. That is what we do as humans, we adapt to our current situations and hopefully make it out the other side in one piece.
Communities strengthen in these times of crisis, that is one of the most powerful ways humans adapt to their environment(s). I personally belong to several communities, as most of us do. The diabetic community, the patient community, the community I live in, the community I work in, the community of people I work with… the list goes on.
And those communities are just not local any more. Our digital tribes span the world. Able to communicate instantly from across the globe.
Often, one community will take precedence over the others because it needs more attention. **I just realized I have no idea where I’m going with all this.
I guess it all boils down to real life. Our lives are not a static set of events and interactions every day; they are dynamic, changing at a moment’s notice. The things we make priorities help us navigate through our days.
Right now, it seems that the community in my world that needs the most attention are those so tragically affected by Hurricane Sandy and the approaching nor’easter Athena. I’ve done what I can to help out, please do what you are able to as well, it doesn’t have to be much. A large community can accomplish an amazing amount with just a little effort from many of it’s members.
Diabetes, I’m sorry. You’re going to have to take a back seat for a while.
Actually, I’m not that sorry. I think it’s the right thing to do.
© 2012 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com