Although many people with diabetes tend to think just in terms of our own community, PWDs are actually part of a much larger community of folks with chronic illnesses; we are residents of the “Kingdom of the Sick,” a term coined by cancer patient and writer Susan Sontag. That’s also the title of a new book being released tomorrow, In the Kingdom of the Sick, written by Bostonian and college science writing professor Laurie Edwards.…Read more »
Employers enforce some stupid policies sometimes, for sure, but this one absolutely takes the cake! (or the chips, as it were) Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was forced to file a federal court suit against Walgreens for throwing a long-term employee with diabetes out on the street in 2008 after she ate a bag of $1.39 chips to offset a glucose low. She paid afterward, but hadn’t wanted to abandon her cash…Read more »
June is National Employee Wellness Month, Folks. Did you know?
It’s a campaign created a few years ago by none other than Virgin HealthMiles, a leading provider of employee health programs (go figure). And this year’s initiative is co-sponsored by the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. Why do we smell diabetes all over that?
A lot of the focus here…
Late-breaking news: President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA-AA) into law today. The American Diabetes Association and a whole host of other patient and advocacy organizations are dancing in the streets! Or at least, shooting out celebratory press releases.
Why is this so big?
The Disabilities Act protects the civil rights of people who are treated unfairly because of their disability or medical condition. But, as reported in some detail here…