From the Mailbag: Comedy, D-Shirts, and Lack of Pumps

Among those emailing me this week out of pure interest, and/or requesting plugs (I’m always up for a good cause!) are:

* Shawn Lesser of Showcase Comedy in Atlanta, GA, running a “laughs campaign” to raise $100,000 for diabetes in 80 days.

* Gina from DiabetesTalkFest reminding us that voting has begun on the Diabetes T-shirt slogan contest. Click here to vote before April 30.

–> If you’re in the New York
area, Gina also has FREE TICKETS to the DLIFE show taping on May 3. Click here to contact Gina.

* Christine of Diabetes Youth in Christchurch, New Zealand — “We have one of the worlds highest diagnosis rates here in kids under 18 for reasons as yet unexplained. ( rate 23 per 100,000 compared to 16 for the rest of the country).” Christine’s #5 child out of 6 has had diabetes since age 15 months. Hats off to you, mom Christine, for taking the time to run the D-youth group!

* Gail of the Avondale Diabetes Support Group in Auckland, New Zealand (helllooo, New Zealand!), who co-ordinates a “large diabetes support group” and has had Type 1 for 48 years — “Two years ago I was given an insulin pump. How my life has changed!! There are only around 282 people using insulin pumps in NZ as they are horribly expensive and of course our health system doesn’t cover any of the cost… But…. my pump has given me such wonderful health and amazing freedom, I just wish that the government would at least fund the young T1′s into using them. You can pay up to around $7000NZ for a pump in NZ and of course they only last a few years…”

* Alison, a fellow Type 1 in the UK –- “Insulin pumps are very uncommon in the UK. Why are they so popular in the US? It is felt that sufficient control can be had by just using multiple injections, i.e. with food, and overnight Lantus. I’d love to hear your thoughts…” So far my thoughts are that the Big Pharma companies have perhaps been more successful at pushing their products in the US. Other thoughts?

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