According to Dr. Michael Harris, research shows that the most robust factor relating to morbidity and mortality in any health condition is social support. The level of social support that a person has is one of the number one predictors of progression of disease! Type 1 diabetes can be exhausting, both physically and mentally. Having a community of people to lean on can help make everyday challenges easier to overcome.
Whether it’s a one true dia-bestie or a weekly playgroup or an online community, we encourage everyone to “find their people”! It can be difficult to find a community of people with T1D, and that’s where Carb DM can help. We are here to provide a community for everyone with T1D, as well as their loved ones, so no one has to feel alone.
Here are Carb DM, we are such strong believers in the importance of “Community For All” that we’ve made it our theme for Diabetes Awareness Month. We are Stronger Together, and we want everyone to know it! So this week, we have a challenge for you: our 5 Days of Diabetes Challenge. Help us leverage the power of social media to spread the word about the importance of the T1D community. It’s easy and fun, and you could win a $100 Amazon gift card!
About the Challenge
Here’s how the 5 Days of Diabetes Challenge Works. Every day, from November 5 to November 9, we’ll issue you a challenge. Each challenge involves answering a question or sharing a photo. You can participate on any social media platform — Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or even leaving comments on this blog post. Tag your responses with the hashtags #carbDMCommunity and #wdd2018. At the end of the week, we’ll compile all the responses with those hashtags and choose a random winner!
Here are the daily challenges:
Day 1, November 5: Share our #carbDMCommunity infographic
As a community we are Stronger Together. On Day 1, we want you to spread the word about our Challenge and share our Stronger Together graphics! Share any of the above images on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Don’t forget to add the hashtags #carbDMCommunity and #wdd2018
Day 2, November 6: Share your Diabetes Bright Spot
Focusing on the positive helps keep your attitude positive.Has anything positive come out of your life as a result of T1D? Whether it’s a great new best friend or a healthier lifestyle, we’re betting you’ve got at least one Diabetes Bright Spot. Share it with us by leaving a comment on this blog post, or by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to add the hashtags #carbDMCommunity and #wdd2018!
Day 3, November 7: Share a photo of you wearing blue
We’re betting you’ve got your blue outfit all planned to wear on November 14, World Diabetes Day. Why not give it a test run (or create a totally New Blue look!) and post a photo of you wearing blue! Don’t forget to add the hashtags #carbDMCommunity and #wdd2018 for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.
Day 4, November 8: Share a photo of you and a Dia-Buddy
If you’ve got a friend with diabetes, you’ve got a Dia-Buddy. You’ve got someone who “gets your reality”. Someone who you can count on for extra test strips, low supplies, or a shoulder to cry on. For Day 4, celebrate your Dia-Buddy by posting a photo of the two of you on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtags #carbDMCommunity and #wdd2018
Day 5, November 9:
We’re constantly telling you what community means to us — now it’s your turn to tell us what community means to you. For our final day of the 5 Days of Diabetes Challenge, we’re giving you the opportunity to reflect on the role that the T1D community has played in your life. Why is the diabetes community important to you? Share your answer by commenting on this post, or by posting on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. It’s your last day to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card, so make sure you include the hashtags #carbDMCommunity and #wdd2018
You can enter as many times as you want to increase your chances of winning, as long as you complete the challenges on their designated days. We’ll draw a winner for the $100 Amazon giftcard over the weekend (November 10-11). We’ll announce the winner by Monday November 12. Good luck!