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  1. Wendy
    Wendy August 26, 2010 at 6:47 am | | Reply

    Speaking of WDD….this is atrocious and needs some attention.


    But, yeah….we need to get everyone on the same page and sporting the BLUE CIRCLE!

  2. Penny
    Penny August 26, 2010 at 7:19 am | | Reply

    I say that someone in the DOC, whomever it may be, should order a bucketload of the pins and start the movement. Why can’t WE, the DOC start it? I’m tired of always waiting for ADA and JDRF to take the lead sometimes.

  3. Manny Hernandez
    Manny Hernandez August 26, 2010 at 8:39 am | | Reply

    Through the WDDUSA site we will make sure to get enough blue circles this year to send to a few people in cities around the US, who can become the go-to people to get this passed around.

  4. Sara
    Sara August 26, 2010 at 8:56 am | | Reply

    Can we also talk about what an epic mistake the “cost you a leg” video is?

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  5. Karen
    Karen August 26, 2010 at 9:05 am | | Reply

    I’m with Sara, I am absolutely disgusted by the “cost you a leg” video. Diabetes awareness needs to be spread using support and encouragement, not scare tactics and shock value.

  6. iPhone Repair Dallas
    iPhone Repair Dallas August 26, 2010 at 9:36 am | | Reply

    Everyone of us should contribute a little to bring awareness. We don’t have to always wait for ADA or JDRF to initiate this.

  7. Rachel
    Rachel August 26, 2010 at 9:41 am | | Reply

    The scare tactics used in the “cost you a leg” video makes me shy away from any WDD efforts this year. Instead of scaring people at risk of type 2 diabetes away, we should be educating them how life doesn’t end with an earlier type 2 diabetes diagnosis. That regular screening if any risk factors apply does help avoid complications by catching diabetes sooner rather than later.

  8. Anne Findlay
    Anne Findlay August 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm | | Reply

    mostly being facetious here, but maybe the reason is somehow related to why soccer in the US hasn’t caught on as much as every other place on the planet! US organizations perhaps tend not to look outward.

  9. Scott Strange
    Scott Strange August 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm | | Reply

    The JDRF Advocacy Program is planning a Type-1 Talk on WDD. They were originally planning to do that on Nov 6, but changed to the date to Nov 14.

    I agree that their outreach efforts have been seriously lacking on WDD but maybe this is a sign that things are changing. I recently had a long conversation with the JDRF Grassroots Advocacy Director which will be the topic of a 2-part post during Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week which is Sept 13 – 17

  10. AmyT
    AmyT August 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm | | Reply

    Hmm, while I do agree that scare tactics are generally a turn-off, I also believe there are lots of T2 folks out there who really don’t take their D seriously — i.e. in denial about the real risks of complications. For example, I sure wish some of my own family members had taken their diabetes more seriously earlier on…

  11. Christopher Thomas
    Christopher Thomas August 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm | | Reply

    Maybe we should just start using pink? There’s more of us than there are of them, right? We can take ‘em lol.

    I like the idea of bringing the pins to the states, but I don’t think having a member of the DOC do it is very feasable…I just don’t see any individual or small organization have ten to fifteen grand lying around to make that sort of investment.

    The reason that we are “waiting on the large organizations” like one poster said is because those larger orgs, JDRF and ADA, have the money and resources to make a difference. The fact is that you can combine the fundraising efforts of organizations like Diabetic Rockstar, Diabetes Hand Foundation, Diabetes Sisters, etc etc etc and it wouldn’t even be a small fraction of what JDRF and ADA bring in each QUARTER. We rely and “wait” on them because–although we could do it without them–having them on board gives the diabetic community a powerful ally…even if they are self-serving, stubborn, greedy and lost as far as what people really need from them.

  12. AngelaC
    AngelaC August 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm | | Reply

    I am not sure how many of the people currently involved in the DOC realize how the Gray Ribbon came to be. I know gray is not the most attractive color, but there was a logic behind it when we were debating the ribbon (and yes, I was “there” — so to speak). Perhaps a little history is in order?

    The Gray Ribbon started online. It was a grassroots effort from a group of us on CompuServe’s Diabetes Forum who were frustrated by the lack of a symbol to help raise awareness of diabetes. Red for AIDS, pink for breast cancer, but nothing for diabetes?? ARGH! We debated a variety of colors, but most were taken. Why gray with a red gem? The forum’s founder (and by my account, the founder of the DOC in general) wrote a manifesto with his thoughts about why a gray ribbon was appropriate and which can be found here: One of the best explanations for the color choice was written by Dr. Arlene Shapiro, a SYSOP on the forum: “Diabetes is not a cheerful disease. The ribbon can be either gray or silver. While gray depicts the despair and gloom so prevalent in those affected by this disease, silver (polished gray) represents the “lining” or the hope that there will soon be a cure.” (

    After the color was chosen, many started creating ribbons, some by the hundreds, and then the question became what to do with them. That was answered quickly when one member, who was on the Board of Directors of the JDFI (now JDRF) went to a meeting in Athens, Greece, and dumped hundreds of handmade ribbons on the conference table (see here: The people she met with were very impressed with the determination of the ribbon makers and as a result, the JDRF adopted the ribbon. For a few years, they sold a gray ribbon tie tack (and Bill Clinton actually wore one while signing a diabetes-related bill), but the drive for the ribbon petered out rather quickly.

    Still, the ribbon has persisted. It is a true grassroots symbol, created by a relatively small group of people who were frustrated and angry that a disease that impacts as many people as diabetes gets so little recognition. It was our expression of fears of our disease and our hope for the future.

  13. Lee Ann Thill
    Lee Ann Thill August 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm | | Reply

    I like Penny’s idea about the DOC taking the reigns on promoting the blue circle, and Manny’s idea to make them available, although I admit it’s aggravating that it’s up to us. The last point, “understand us patients, and get united in your efforts!”, really says it all. The whole symbol issue stinks of the territorialism that has pervaded diabetes advocacy organizations, and only served to undermine the needs of the diabetes community and patients.

    As for the “cost you a leg” ad, I’m totally with you on that. It’s been my experience that too many T2′s seem to grossly underestimate diabetes. It’s certainly not all of them, but when anyone talks about having a “touch of sugar” or whatever, it’s alarming. I left a long comment in response to Kerri’s post about that ad, and I feel compelled to write my own post about it because I feel like an opposing point of view needs to be expressed. Therefore, I won’t be redundant here, but overall, I’ve disagreed with what appears to be a consensus response to it. I don’t think the ad is out of line, and I think it brings up a lot of interesting issues regarding awareness campaigns, and how a lot of different people have a lot of different needs, so not every ad is going to address the needs of us all.

  14. tmana
    tmana August 29, 2010 at 4:06 am | | Reply

    A couple of years ago, I ordered a batch of 10 pins at my own expense and passed them out to people I knew who had diabetes or who needed to show diabetes awareness in their jobs (such as my doctor, who wears several awareness pins on her white lab coat). They took about a week to arrive by mail.
    The issues with the pins is that they are single-source (through the DRI), making them expensive (about twice the price of the red dress pins I order through the NHLBI) — in part because they are single-source and ship from Europe, and because there’s no option for bulk ordering — and there is only one choice for which diabetes programs you wish your money to support (as an example, I would be more likely to support outreach efforts in at-risk communities in the US than Life for a Child).

  15. Penny
    Penny August 29, 2010 at 4:30 am | | Reply

    Amy, do you know who ‘owns’ the rights to the blur circle as a symbol of diabetes? Is that IDF? If not, why can’t ‘we’ get a company to make the damn pins?

    As for the gray ribbon… I’m sorry, but yuck, yuck and more yuck. Yuck says gloom and doom and somewhere between black and white to me. What does it say to other people? That we should all be sad? Heck with that. The blue circle to me says hope and unity and community and the wholeness that is within each of us with diabetes. I’m a blue circle gal all the way and as for my 8 year old T1 gal – make her blue too. There ain’t no gray here in this family, living and thriving with T1.

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