A diabetes cause walked up and punched me in the face


a diabetes cause1 300x228 A diabetes cause walked up and punched me in the faceIn the infamous words of Charlie Sheen in the Movie Wall street, Life comes down to  a few moments and  one of those moments came to me at the recent Roche Social Media summit I attended.

It is often said that this defining can be so profound as to completely change your whole way of life altering perception and thought to a point of fanaticism.

OK so am not a fanatic per se, more like a staunch believer but my whole world was honestly rocked to the core by one simple statement from the International Diabetes Federation delegation.


For some children today, a diabetes diagnosis is an assured death sentence.

This One simple statement whose meaning I could not wrap my head around. Maybe my empathy began with an automatic transference to my own child and I could never imagine any harm coming to him or the fact that I could remember emphatically saying to others on numerous occasions that diabetes is not an automatic death sentence or maybe it was the fact that this was happening in some countries where I spent my youth.

Whatever the reason, I swear I was ready to hand over my whole supply of Insulin right there and then.

I am by no means trying to make converts of you to my cause, I believe that when it comes to finding a diabetes cause to attach to, it has to be one that has a personal and deep connection to each one and I have found mine. If you haven’t found yours,

there are a ton of worthy diabetes causes that you can be involved in.

Before this moment in time, my contribution to diabetes has always been the the things I do on this blog to raise awareness and the annual tour de cure (I did once  have the idea of being punched in the face for a diabetes cure, chalk that up to my exorbitant youth) w but that now all these  just feel so inadequate to me.

I do believe I can do more and want to do more.

For just about $8 dollars easily affordable for me,  I could go to the local neighborhood clinic  and get a monthly supply of  Insulin. Why cant this be for every diabetic out there.

I understand this is a huge issue the political,economical and social barriers can be staggering and to many of us, this can be a determent  but I choose to look at this from a different perspective. If I can give Insulin to just one child then I would have saved a life and solved a humongous problem at the same time.

Sometimes Life comes down to a few moments and while this is my moment to shine, I urge you to find yours because every little effort counts and stay tuned to my in the works efforts to making this  a reality.

“This post is also my August entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/august-dsma-blog-carnival/“

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  1. Great post, Ronnie, though I wish like you that this outrage didn’t exist. Thanks for doing what you do in helping spread the word, and I’m honored to share some advocacy space with you online and beyond.

  2. Way to go, Ronnie!! You write with such passion, I’m excited to see where that passion takes you! Great addition to this month’s #dsma carnival!

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  7. Greed in America will keep a cure from ever happening. Drug companies lobby Washington to insure this never happens. Stem cell is a good example. Politicians are bought out by drug companies to vote against this, as the drug companies know that this is a forward movement toward a cure. The list goes on and on. America will never produce a cure for diabetes or any other disease as long as out current structure lives in Washington. I have been diabetic for 30+ years and very little has been done toward a cure. Some has occurred toward a treatment (very little but some) but nothing has happened toward a cure. We do not even know what causes diabetes. Blame is the game – oh you ate too much, you did not exercise enough – when the medical profession cannot fix something with drugs, they use the blame game. Enough said.


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