Lead or follow on diabetes
The saying goes leaders talk about solutions and followers talk about the problems.
I personally appreciate all the people that participate in runs, walks, bike rides, volley ball tournaments and galas to raise money for diabetes research. These are simply every day good folks. The funds these volunteers raise go toward research for treatment and cures to diabetes. A cure for diabetes is the ultimate, yet illusive solution. Normally, at events like these someone will speak about someone they know or have known that had diabetes and where strickened in some way by the disease. If in attendance, I am quietly sitting at a table knowing what is about to come. People are asked to contribute their or money to help raise funds for research.
At these moments, the speaker dramatically describes how the person they know is held back by diabetes and what a horrible impact the disease has on their life. I am personally sickened by this approach. I want to run to the mic and tell the audience to keep their hard earned dollars. The simple solution that the whole audience seems to miss is that the diabetic being described has every chance in the world to control their diabetes. Diabetes doesn’t come into your body like cancer and cannot be treated. Diabetes comes into your body and builds a home in the decisions we as its enablers allow it. If diabetics across the world took a stand against the disease and simply made decisions in their lives that put diabetes at the center of every decision these events to raise money for a cure could become thought leadership events. Not pandering the poor decisions of an individual.
Lead of follow on diabetes, the choice is yours..