Advocacy(less).

November has begun and it is Diabetes Awareness month.  This is the time that diabetes advocacy takes on a whole new meaning.    Diabetes education and awareness is extremely important.  In fact, it is critical in order to get the resources we need  to live long, healthy lives.  This is when my voice is supposed to be the loudest.

But my heart is just not in it this year.  I do feel like I am failing as a diabetes advocate.  But with the loss that surrounds me from Hurricane Sandy, I can’t seem to focus.  I wasn’t directly affected by destruction.  But my twin sister was.  And so, so, so many other people.  I will never forget the desperation and terror in her voice when she called me fearing for her and her family’s lives when the water from the beach started approaching their house.  It was the longest moments of my life waiting to hear from her again.  I will never forget the news stories of neighborhoods close by, just gone.  I will never forget the sight of her neighborhood or her house from the destruction.  I will certainly never forget the compassion and generosity of friends, family and complete strangers to her and others.

I know it will get better.  And I’m hoping in a couple of weeks when things calm down a bit, I can focus again.  Until then, please don’t mind the absence of my advocate voice.  I’m there in spirit and commend all of my diabetes community friends for all their efforts.  My heart is just someplace else right now.

8 thoughts on “Advocacy(less).

  1. You are not failing as a diabetes advocate; you are succeeding as a sister. There are many, many other people who can promote understanding and support for people with diabetes, but your sister has only one twin. That is where your effort and your heart should be right now. No one else can do that. You’re doing everything right.

    I’m so glad that you’re safe, and that your sister and her family are safe. People are more important than property. Be thankful for what you have, because that’s worth so much more than what may have been lost. And take all the time you need for reality to set in. We’re here for you when you get back.

  2. You’re not failing anyone. You advocate year-round, do not apologize for being there for your friends and family who have been devastated. Sometimes you just need to let others carry you some of the way. We know you will be the voice for us if we need a break sometime. Take care :)

  3. Ditto what everyone else above has said. Don’t discount all of the advocacy you do year-round. Besides, sometimes advocacy is nothing more than standing up and telling your story.

    Just like the airplane safety messages, get yourself taken care of first, THEN help others.

  4. There are plenty of things in life that are much more important than diabetes . . . . and focusing on those things when you need to is just fine!!! Hugs to you and your entire family.

  5. What a great advocate you are being just by taking care of yourself. For if we don’t take care of ourselves nothing else matters. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this time.

  6. You are loved deeply. Advocacy means different things to different people, and right now, you need to be an advocate for your sister and your family. We love you, and we will always be here for you.

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