Please poke your finger 4 a good cause!

The other day I receieved an e-mail from Manny (President of DHF. Co-founder of TuDiabetes and EstuDiabetes) I wanted to share this e-mail with you all.

14,000 People With Diabetes Test Their Blood Sugar at the Same Time

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BERKELEY, CA: July 8, 2009 – July 14, at 4:00 pm ET, 14,000 people worldwide will test their blood sugar simultaneously and share their results online through TuDiabetes.com (www.tudiabetes.com), a social network for people touched by Diabetes which originated in March 2007, as well as through its sister Spanish language social network, EsTuDiabetes.com (www.estudiabetes.com).

The idea for the test-in came from Kelly Rawlings, someone who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 35 years. Kelly is one of the nearly 10,000 members at TuDiabetes.com, which has been called the “Myspace on Insulin” and a “Facebook for Diabetes.”

“People with diabetes have to test their blood sugar as part of their daily routine: it’s like drinking water or brushing your teeth,” said Manny Hernandez, co-founder of TuDiabetes.com and a person with diabetes himself. “When Kelly mentioned having a collective test-in, I thought it would be a great way for thousands of us to connect and raise awareness about diabetes.”

Currently, more than 250 million people are afflicted with diabetes. In the month of July, TuDiabetes will pass 10,000 registered members, and EsTuDiabetes.com, the sister social network about diabetes in Spanish, passed 4,000 registered members touched by diabetes from Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, the US and other countries. In both communities, initiatives to raise diabetes awareness are the primary focus, making the combined 14,000-member milestone yet another opportunity to shed light on this chronic condition.

Participating in this initiative to raise diabetes awareness is easy:
· If you are a member of TuDiabetes or EsTuDiabetes, click on the home page banner and share your reading.
·If you have a Twitter account, post your reading on Twitter (use the #14KPWD hashtag) and link back to: http://14kPWD.org.
· If you prefer, update your status on Facebook or your preferred social network, linking back to: http://14kPWD.org.

“We hope to see most readings posted at 4 pm ET on July 14. If you are a few minutes late, however, or are able to post your blood sugar reading earlier or later that day, it’s OK,” said Hernandez. “What really matters is that you test your blood sugar regularly. If you don’t have diabetes, just tell someone who does to test and share on July 14.”

Please!!!! add July 14, 2009 4pm EST to your calender, Iphone, Mobile device or PDA.

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Who: _________(your name)

When: July 14, 2009 4pm EST, 3pm Central, 1pm Pacific

Where: home, bathroom, work, lunch, car (don’t wreck) school, pool– wherever you maybe during this time

What: Test your blood sugar

Why: Awareness

Will you POKE your finger for a good cause? I know I will.

Be Blessed

Cherise

BTW, don’t forget yo wash your hands for “accurate” bg (blood glucose) reading. This is a B.Y.O.M (bring your own meter), B.Y.O.T. (bring your own test strips), B.Y.O.L (bring you own lancing device) event.

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About Cherise

Diabetes (Type 1.5/LADA) has been living with me for about 4 years. I am using the Omnipod insulin delivery system and I love it. I am not going to say I don't have a bad pod every once in a while because it does happen. I am a wife, mother and I work full time. Thank you for stopping by please feel free to browse and leave a comment! View all posts by Cherise

2 responses to “Please poke your finger 4 a good cause!

  • CALpumper

    Awesome post. GArate pic!!!

    I’ll be there! 😉

  • Kelly Rawlings

    Thank you for encouraging the finger pokes!

    Why am I psyched about this event?
    Someone who has gotten off track may be spurred to check more often.
    Someone may ask “Why are you doing that?” opening the door to a little diabetes education.
    Someone who is worried he or she might have diabetes may ask for a screening test.
    Someone who gets an off-target number may make a correction to improve blood sugar.
    Someone who has never met another person living with diabetes may feel more connected.
    Now, I call that a good use of a test strip.

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