There are ongoing events planned during the month, such as Blue Fridays where offices allow employees to wear jeans for a donation to JDRF, identified by its vivid blue logo. During the month of November, individuals can sign up to “Be T1D for a Day” using the virtual ap that will send text messages throughout a 24-hour period. Messages will help portray a life in the day of someone with type 1 diabetes (T1D), allowing users to appreciate how this devastating disease affects a person’s life.
When you sign up for the T1D for a Day text challenge, you agree to receive as many as 24 text messages over a 24-hour period that simulate the constant blood sugar testing, insulin injections, and dietary decisions that confront people with T1D (while JDRF does not charge to use this service, standard text messaging rates apply).
Those interested can Text T1D4ADAY to 63566. They will receive a confirmation text that completes registration. They can also access the ap at jdrf.org.
T1D, formerly known as “juvenile diabetes” affects adults and children of all ages. There is no cure for T1D. The onset of T1D does not have anything to do with lifestyle or diet. This disease affects nearly 15,000 residents in West Texas and diagnoses are climbing. Children ages 1-5 are being diagnosed at rates 5% higher than in past years.
There is no cure for T1D. Those affected can not take a pill or eliminate it from their life with lifestyle changes. Insulin is not a cure, but it is necessary to keep those with T1D alive.