Those of us in the Diabetes Community are quite well aware that November is Diabetes Awareness Month. For years, I have found something new and unique to do each year. I have sent out general information letters to everyone I could think of, I created a book of the faces of diabetes with real people and their real stories, I have gotten a tattoo, and much more. This year I decided that November was the perfect time to get back to a focus that is very dear to my heart–advocating for increased access to devices and supplies for people with diabetes.
November is a great time to do this because of course its Diabetes Awareness Month, but it is also the month after our new government formed and a time when they are beginning to plan for the spring budget. I wanted politicians in my province to be thinking diabetes before they sat down to spend my money. The following is the letter that I will be sending out to all Members of the House of Assembly. If you live Newfoundland and Labrador, I would ask that you copy this letter and send it to the Minister of Health, the Finance Minister and your MHA (if you have a newly elected MHA, their contact can be found on their party websites). I would then ask that you copy it and send it to your friends and have them do the same. Public pressure works and we need to change this program. If you don’t live in Newfoundland and Labrador, please feel free to copy this letter and tailor it to your own needs. While a cure is ideal, until it is found our loved ones deserve access to the best equipment out there to keep them alive!