create a commission comprised of diabetes experts, primary care physicians, other health care professionals, patients, and representatives from the federal agencies most involved in diabetes research, prevention and care.” (DHF’s words) There are currently 30+ Federal agencies that are involved in diabetes policy but they might not be coordinating their efforts, wasting time and resources. (Big surprise). This commission would help to keep the focus on us, the patients.
I’m not big on politics, in fact it makes me bat-shit crazy, but I’m smart enough to realize that we have to play the game in order for the lives of PWD to continue to improve. I can write a letter. I can send a tweet. You can too. Being an advocate doesn’t mean that you have to go to conferences or write a blog, it simply means to speak up for something or someone you care about. Raise your voice to make a difference. Come on, you can to it!
If thinking of what to say has you stumped, let the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists do the work for you. Go here and fill out the form. There is already a letter there that you just have to edit to reflect that it’s coming from a patient and not a doctor. It took me less than 5 minutes and my Senators will receive an email from me.
I know it’s not easy to speak up, but it’s important. If you can spend 30 minutes on the internet watching cat videos, you can spend a few minutes to contact your Congressmen and tell them to get to work for you!
Phew! That writing long-hand crap is exhausting! Then I had to come here and type it and add all the links! Time for a nap.