Friday, November 22, 2013

Insulin for Life

I am a diabetic. I take insulin for life. Without it, I'll die. Getting insulin is easy for me. All I have to do to get more is trot down the street to Walgreens. Diabetes isn't easy for me to live with, but getting the insulin I need is as simple and easy as that. November is Diabetes Awareness Month. I write this blog to document what life is like with myasthenia gravis and diabetes. But, even on my hardest days, I always have access to insulin that lets me live and thrive.

After the tornadoes hit my state this week, my first thought was to my brothers and sisters living with diabetes. Even with houses destroyed and neighborhoods ruined, people living with diabetes in Illinois still have access to the supplies they need just because they live in the USA. Too many people aren't as fortunate.

For me, diabetes is frustrating, annoying, frightening, and upsetting. But, I never have to worry about this happening to me and my family:

Just like Sujata, adding insulin to my life felt like a miracle. I went from being deathly sick to feeling immesurably better with just with a few drops of insulin a day. Insulin matters so much to me, I want to share the gift with others. That's why I support Insulin for Life.

As you know, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines. Unlike my brothers and sisters in downstate Illinois, access to insulin and strips is hard to come by after the storm. Insulin For Life is holding an appeal to deliver needed supplies to the Philippines. They need your help. You can donate on their website right here:

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