Thursday, May 27, 2010
Insulin for Inspiration
It is nice to see diabetics making change around the world. It seems like with the lack of insulin comes inspiration and ambition. For example on two popular t.v series there were two type 1 diabetics that made a huge impact - Bret Michaels (Celebrity Apprentice) and Crystal Bowersox (American Idol). Not only does this make a big impact on letting more people know about type 1 diabetes, but it also gives hope to diabetics that need that little push of confidence and courage.
Celebrities have an amazing amount of power to spread the word of whatever they may believe in. Not to mention they have amazing contacts that can raise an enormous amount of money for a specific charity. In The Celebrity Apprentice, Bret Michaels took home the prize. He raised money and awareness for American Diabetes Association. Bret was diagnosed when he was six and during the show his daughter was also diagnosed.
Bret was very open with his diabetes on t.v which seemed pretty cool to me. I know that a lot of type 1's aren't shy about their diabetes, but it isn't often that we get to tell the world about ourselves. Bret even put a diabetes spin on one of his challenges and made a Diet Snapple - which I now have one of my own!
Being diabetic isn't the end of the world, but there are times when you wish that you didn't have to worry about what you eat or do. There are a lot of diabetics out there that are living life without limits. I don't need to watch t.v to see this, people like Michelle Ingwersen, Chloe Steepe, Chris Jarvis are diabetics that know how to show their ambition and strength.
For me, it isn't so much about letting people know about what type 1 is all about, but rather passing on inspiration that has be learned from my diabetes.