So, last year I was inspired to create a photo challenge for Diabetes Awareness Month. The inspiration came from the various 7-day photo challenges that are popular on social media these days. The difference being that this challenge would run the full month of November and it would focus on living with diabetes. And so, the #MakeDiabetesVisible Photo Challenge was born.
The response was greater than I could have imagined, with hundreds of people with diabetes sharing their stories through images across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, etc… And folks have continued to use the hashtag in the year that has passed since it was created.
Since the initiative was so well received, I thought we’d do it again. I also decided it was time to give the initiative a website of its own. So, here’s the challenge:
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and it begins tomorrow. During the next 30 days, I will be posting at least 1 photo a day that captures part of my life with diabetes. The goal is to make diabetes visible and show what it is like to live with ALL types of diabetes. The highs, the lows, the finger sticks, the meters, the pumps, the CGMs, the insulins, the pills, etc…
I invite all of my friends living with any type of diabetes to join me in this challenge. 30 days, 30 photos, ALL types of diabetes. Any social media platform. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine how much we could all say about life with diabetes in 30 days.
Please share, use the hashtag, and let’s #MakeDiabetesVisible
Mike Durbin | PWD T1/LADA