A group today started the Hope Challenge, in order to raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes. On the heels of the Ice Bucket Challenge for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS, the Hope Challenge follows the same premise.
Though these two disease are completely opposite, the point of these challenges is to raise awareness, money for research, and an overall hope. I jumped at the chance to aid in raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes, which, though a manageable disease, is still excruciating to manage.
There are a lot of what if’s when it comes to Type 1 Diabetes, the ramifications should one not properly take care of themselves with the disease are heartbreaking. The care that needs to be given is exhausting, and the feeling of helplessness that coincides these two feelings is not easy to ignore.
The Diabetic Community certainly is not insinuating that T1 and ALS are on the same spectrum of diseases, but I believe raising awareness is so important, especially if it can educate people who have no idea what living with a disease is like. Because of the Ice Bucket Challenge, people are googling ALS, and talking about a disease that had until now, been lost in the shuffle.
It’s a privilege to be able to advocate for my son, and many other Type 1 Diabetics who are all hoping for the same thing, a cure. Sometimes, hope is all you have. Through the frustration and the tears, hope that tomorrow will be better, hope that someday this will all end and your child will live a normal life are what you cling to.
I believe everyone would do whatever they could, if they had to means, to support the end of the diseases that work so diligently each and every day to take lives of loved ones. I pray and am hopeful that through this campaign, we can single-handedly raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes, and strive toward the cure.
#T1DAwareness #Handsofhope #Hopeforacure