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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is national (and international) Diabetes Awareness Month. And while those of us living with diabetes do so 365 days a year, November is a good way to let others living without diabetes to learn about our disease from people living with diabetes.

Three things you can do

1. Educate others

Open yourself to fielding questions from friends, family, and coworkers about diabetes. There’s a lot of diabetes fake news out there, here’s your chance to set the diabetes record straight and teach and inspire others in the process! Share your diabetes knowledge!

2. Participate in a diabetes walk or activity sponsored by a diabetes charity

Not only is participating in a diabetes walk/other group activity fun – it gets you moving and opens up doors to meet new people and expand your circle of friends – and that is so important. As we get older, our lives get busier, our circle of friends get smaller. Add to it the isolation that many feel with diabetes, getting out there and meeting new people is important for our mental and physical health. Advocating for ourselves and others, spending time online and off with people who understand and live with diabetes is empowering and pretty damn special!

Speaking of events, many cities, libraries, hospitals, and cultural centers offer free diabetes education classes and events during the month of November. Set aside some time, do a little research and find out what’s going on in your area!

3. Be proud!

Many people living with diabetes, are ashamed – and they shouldn’t be. Take a beat and acknowledge how far you’ve come since your initial diagnosis and be proud of yourself for everything you’ve gone through. Look at all the lessons you’ve learned and have shared with others. Take some time this month to celebrate all your diabetes victories, big and small – and celebrate yourself!

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