You Can Do This…We Can Do This…Together

Kim Vlasnick has a blog titled "Texting My Pancreas", in which she writes about her life with Type 1 diabetes. (Kim Vlasnick/Texting My Pancreas)

We hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day and a good start to the summer.  Today, there is something that we want all of you to know about, and it’s our hope that you send this to someone you know who will benefit from this.

Kim Vlasnik is a wife and a PWD who lives in Nebraska.  Kim writes a blog titled “Texting My Pancreas.”  She is one of the many phenomenal diabetes rockstars in the DOC (Diabetes Online Community).  Kim is active in the work to find a cure for diabetes and encouraging fellow PWDs that they can live long and healthy lives. 

Yesterday, Kim, along with her friends in the DOC, kicked off a project called “You Can Do This.”  Living with diabetes is hard, but when you factor in the emotional, mental, and physical stress in living with a chronic disease that over 23 million Americans have every day, we burn out, feel isolated, and depressed.  In fact, various studies have confirmed that PWDs battle with depression due to the burden they face. 

Telling a PWD “It’ll be okay” sounds nice and rosy.  Being blunt, it’s not enough. 

This is where Kim’s project comes in.  “You Can Do This” is a movement in the DOC to have PWDs to tell their stories about living with diabetes. 

The good.  The bad.  The really bad.  The hope.  The dreams. 

No one should go at this alone.  This is what makes the DOC a unique and special community that is growing at every click of the mouse. 

As a local chapter under a national organization, we see that it’s not just advocating, fundraising, and doing all of the things that a chapter should do.  We need to connect to those who need someone on their side, through good times and bad.  Our primary responsibility is to give the people we serve and our volunteers the opportunity to tell their stories and reach out to others, be it down the street, across town, or around the world. 

Diabetes is not a dirty word or a taboo subject. 

All of us are affected by diabetes. 

We support Kim’s project and we invite you to join us in helping her, along with George, the Scotts, Kerri, and many others, in sounding the battle cry to be there for someone with diabetes. 

You Can Do This. 

We Can Do This.

We Will Do This Together.

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Posted on June 2, 2011, in Life with Diabetes and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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