Some recent memes, videos and Facebook posts have me thinking: Can we motivate the world to want to help us cure diabetes by making them smile and cheer rather than cry? Or to put it more simply: Can supporting hope be happy? This thought goes way back for me, actually to nearly the beginning of my involvement in the research/cure community. Lauren was only about seven and she’d been asked to participate in a JDRF Gala video shoot. It was a really fun day – warm and clear and we spent all day on the beautiful grounds of Wellesley … Continue reading Can We Motivate the World With Happiness? (The one where I refuse to be sad all the time)
Confession time: I’m jealous. I’m wickedly jealous of an adorable, powerful, perfect little symbol: the pink and red equal sign all over the place this week. Watching the way the pink and red equal sign took over Facebook, twitter and more this week was astounding and inspiring. I posted it early, and almost immediately friends messaged me asking what it was. When I explained it was support for equal rights in marriage, those friends then posted it. This was happening everywhere, and by last night, almost everyone on FB had that as a profile pic (which caused some FB messaging … Continue reading Is there a symbol for what we need? (The one when I’m jealous of a pink and red equal sign)
I feel so guilty. I am going to go back to hard-core training, work my way up to another century ride, ask friends to donate to JDRF to support that ride, and basically give my heart, soul and a season … Continue reading 2013 JDRF Ride to Cure Update: The one where I feel guilty, but power through
It was mid-winter and we were waiting. And waiting. For the letter. My daughter had applied before for JDRF’s Children’s Congress and been rejected. Each time, I’d watched with joy as a few other children from our chapter went off … Continue reading The power of taking “No” and making it work (advice during the week of the Children’s Congress letters)
It started almost as soon as my Ride to Cure Diabetes effort was complete: friends, new acquaintances and even folks I barely knew started asking me: Can I ride with you next time? But here was the thing: there wasn’t … Continue reading Introducing Team Outspokin’ and The River of Dreams Tour: Join us now!
Today is World Diabetes Day. Around the globe, people are wearing blue to celebrate and mark the day. Landmark buildings will be awash in blue light tonight. Seminars are being held. At kitchen counters across America and around the world, … Continue reading On World Diabetes Day: Thank you to YOU — the difference makers
This one needs participation — read below and then in the comments, share about a sibling you want to salute and then share this blog with them. Let’s cheer on the folks who don’t always get the praise but always … Continue reading My T1D Day Shout out: To the siblings in this diabetes world. Join in!
I am sitting in my home office. Outside my double window I can usually gaze at the pond on our property, our town’s quaint historic district and beyond that, the sea. This day I see dark clouds. The trees … Continue reading Lauren’s 15-year Diavesary: The one with a storm, some debris, but lots of treasure
Well, I’m late to the game but I’m here, ready to take part in the third annual Diabetes Blog Week, created and coordinated by Karen at bittersweetdiabetes.com. Each day Karen gives us a prompt to write on. Kind of a … Continue reading Diabetes Blog Week Day Three: What I Need to Do Better: Make a Difference
Thank you, Gatehouse Media! Today on their website I’m the lead story — and in print it’s a giant half page. Read it here. And if you are feeling in the giving mood today, click on the link I’ll provide after the story link and send a little something to my JDRF Ride to Cure effort. Here’s the story: http://www.wickedlocal.com/plymouth/features/x1120196755/MAKING-A-DIFFERENCE-Local-writer-will-bike-through-Death-Valley-to-raise-money-for-diabetes-research#axzz1uHYxyLz2 And here’s a link to donate to me. Remember, ANY amount is celebrated in a crazy, awesome way. http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Ride/JDRFNationalRides?px=1267496&pg=personal&fr_id=1763 Continue reading Quick hit: some great coverage for my Ride to Cure Effort