World Diabetes Day
Today, on November 14th we celebrate World Diabetes Day (WDD). The WDD
campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. Their website states, "The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight."
You may wonder why November 14th is the day chosen as the actual day to be celebrated. Well....the day itself is marked as the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. Insulin, for someone with type-1 diabetes (like myself and my younger brother) it is our life support, it's not a cure, but it keeps us alive each and every day. It's truly our miracle drug that keeps us alive.
The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle - the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign. They say that, "The significance of the blue circle symbol is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health. The colour blue reflects the sky that unites all nations and is the colour of the United Nations flag. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic."
So today, in honor of WDD I wore my blue circle tennis shoelaces to celebrate the day and bring awareness. This was an initiative started by NovoNordisk to #LaceUp4forDiabetes and I was proud to sport these and my favorite pattern of polka dots!
How did you celebrate WDD?