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World Diabetes Day - The Morning After

By Naomi Kingery

Social Community Manager

Posted:  11/15/2012 4:05 PM


Today is November 15, the day after the awe inspiring annual World Diabetes Day. Although yesterday was filled with hope and unity, if you will allow me to be frank here for a moment, I feel sad today. It is the day after a very important day, but my friends and I in the diabetes community still have the same disease we had yesterday with the same struggles we dealt with on November 14th, 13th, and every day before. But I know that we can come together and place that sadness aside when we take a step back and recall why November 14, and every day in Diabetes Awareness Month, deserve to be in the spotlight. Because it puts us in the spotlight! 

It is days like these where diabetes as a disease state receives the emphasis it needs to ignite a new sense of urgency for a cure. It allows caretakers and people with diabetes to get the honor they deserve. It even prompts people never previously affiliated with the diabetes community to jump in head first and volunteer side by side with advocates. And the most significant impact is that it makes our combined voices loud enough to be heard in a whole new way, and with increased amplification with each year that passes.

The month of November and specifically the 14th, is a time of year where I am that much more thankful that I work at a company who serves people with diabetes. The festivities that occur inside this building at Medtronic to raise awareness makes me so proud to play my small part here. I would like to allow you to take a step into this building for a moment to hear about some of our special activities so far this month.

• Fundraising for both the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walks and attended these in large groups. Bake sales, movie screenings, sporting events; you name it and we have probably done it to raise money for a cure.

• Buildings lit in blue (Our Headquarters in Northridge, California and our Customer Care Center in San Antonio, Texas)

• International Diabetes Federation posters displayed throughout the building.

• Working out and taking part in the Big Blue Test.

• Spreading the word about community projects like the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange on our social media channels.

• A campaign to reach 100,000 Facebook fans, which will give fabulous Medtronic customers a surprise once the goal is reached.

• Sporting our blue every Friday in November in honor of the Blue Fridays initiative.

• Special yummy treats given to employees, like sugar free blue cupcakes (YUM!)

• A human big blue circle, the recognized symbol for diabetes awareness (my personal FAVORITE part of the celebrations).

Now it’s your turn, tell us how you celebrated yesterday!


Michela Berg

Posted on Thu Nov 15 16:27:30 GMT 2012

I celebrated by gathering my friends in my dorm room and telling them all about my pump and how it works, and my personal experience with diabetes. I let them ask me questions about what exactly type 1 diabetes is, and after we celebrated with sugar-free candy! After, I called Medtronic and found out I am able to upgrade to a new pump, and started the process of getting a new one! VERY excited!!!


Posted on Thu Nov 15 16:29:19 GMT 2012

I am a Medtronic user. I had lunch with a friend
who is also a diabetic at Bob Evans who was donating
15% of our sales to JDRF research! Great lunch, great
company and great cause.


Posted on Thu Nov 15 18:33:16 GMT 2012

I am thankful that my 24 year old daughter is on one of your pumps. She was diagnosed at the age of seven, her life is better now! Thank-you!

Betty DeMaine

Posted on Thu Nov 15 19:47:23 GMT 2012

Thanks Medtronics, I have had a pump since June of 2012 and I call it my lifeline. It has made things so much better for day to day living. I was diagnosed with diabetes in Oct of 1964 so have seen a lot of changes. I do remember my Dr saying to my mom, she will be lucky if she sees the age of 30, Guess I I showed him, I will be 63 next month! I was in education for 37 years and students often would ask questions about diabetes and the pump. Again thanks medtronics!

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Burt Richter

Posted on Thu Nov 15 19:48:13 GMT 2012

Yesterday, a group of people that wear a pump, get together with our Diabetic Nurse, just to talk. Our Medtronic Rep, attends also. He brings everyone up to date on equipment and any questions we have. It is the highlite of the month for me. Great to have such dedicated people to guide us. At 76 it is what got me here with type 2 diabetes. thanks to the best partner a person can have, Carol counts all my carbs, she is great. Thanks to All.

Naomi Kingery

Posted on Thu Nov 15 23:12:01 GMT 2012

Hi everyone, thanks so much for sharing what you did yesterday! It sounds like it was a special day for each of you as well. I am also happy to hear that you and your families have been impacted by the insulin pump in a positive way. Know that you are very welcome for all that we do here at Medtronic. We will continue to work hard to partner with the diabetes community every day, including but not limited to November 14!

Tiffany Hostetler, on behalf of my 7 year old, Payton

Posted on Fri Nov 16 00:20:27 GMT 2012

We had Denim for Diabetes Day at my son's school (where I am also employed). Our principal also allowed his other two schools to participate! The teachers and staff at our school wore our JDRF Walk T-shirts from this fall. We raised $235 from our community teachers to support Payton and raise awareness for diabetes. Payton was diagnosed last October. He currently has a Medtronic pump and a CGM. He is a brave and strong little boy...and has a HUGE support system! It felt great to celebrate yesterday!

Becky Renfro

Posted on Fri Nov 16 03:34:40 GMT 2012

We found out on March 26th of this yr that my 4 year old son has Type one Diabetes. Ever since then he has not had any sugar, not even on Halloween. I came up with the "Great Pumpkin" who comes on the night and takes his candy and replaces it with toys. It has been a struggle everyday. He has a hard time as well as his father and I. With that being said, I went and ordered a cake and bought some ice cream and enjoyed our day like it was his birthday! ;)

Imogene Parker

Posted on Fri Nov 16 16:38:09 GMT 2012

I met with my Diabetes Educator on November 15, 2012. I shared my life of living with Diabetes for almost 65 years. Discussing with her how tight control had been difficult in the earlier days, but how easier it is to control with my Medrtonic Pump. I call my pump "My Blue Angel" because it is so helpful to me. I have spoken to groups regarding my life as a Diabetic, and she invited me to share with our my story with our Diabetes Support Group in the near future.

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