On that day, at 14:00 hours (local time), thousands of people with diabetes will test their blood sugar, do 14 minutes of exercise, test again and share their results on TuDiabetes or on Twitter.
In support, Niagara Falls and the Empire State Building will be lit blue on that night. And over 700 corporate and public buildings across the globe will also shine in blue.
My connection to diabetes is through my dear friend Marie Bernegger, who has sometimes triumphed over, but mostly struggled with Type 1 diabetes for over 40 years.
About 2 years ago, at a low point and feeling overwhelmed by too many highs and lows, she got involved with TuDiabetes.
Instantly welcomed and comforted by the group which, at the time, had only about 2,000 members, but now boasts nearly 12,000, Marie (Marie B on TuDiabetes) quickly became a source of comfort for new members, many of whom were recently diagnosed.
She searches the site and reaches out to those who are afraid and need information and support.
Discussion groups chat about everything involved with living with diabetes — from which meters and insulin pumps are the best to dealing with insurance, and just trying to make sense of diabetes.
Marie and other supportive experts on the site know first-hand how devastating the illness can be from day to day.
TuDiabetes is a safe place to freely discuss all the issues. The site is closely monitoried to stay PG-13 and to keep it free of spam, snake oil salesmen, and flame-throwers. It’s a place where’s there no blame and no shame.
If you or someone you know needs help navigating a life impacted by diabetes, become a TuDiabetes member and feel better right away. And say hello to Marie!