Help a Diabetic in Need for World Diabetes Day

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2009-11-18 15:57:44 -0600
Started 2009-10-30 13:03:11 -0500

Here at Diabetic Connect, we’ve read many heart-wrenching stories about how difficult financial circumstances have made it harder for some of our members to manage their condition. In honor of World Diabetes Day on November 14, we decided we wanted to do something to help.

On Saturday, November 14, we’ll award a $250 Visa gift card to someone or some diabetes organization in need.

And we want everyone to help us in making the decision. Ideas can be shared here on this discussion about who could use the extra help this month. If you have a friend here who is going through tough times, tell us about him or her. Or if you are putting together a “walk for the cure event,” explain why you’d like to receive the donation. Or if you know of another worthy diabetes cause, tell us about it.

Ideas will be generated here in this discussion. Then nominations need to be sent to me through email.

Identify the particular circumstance that you think is deserving of the help, then send your nomination to me at small. Be sure to put “Nomination” in the subject line.

Amy, myself, and other Alliance Health staff members will consider all the nominations and make the final decision about where the gift card could do the greatest good. We’ll make the announcement on Diabetic Connect.

We do ask you to be sensitive. It can be very humbling to ask for help. Let’s allow this to be a safe place, where we don’t pass judgment.

Thank you all for helping us make Diabetic Connect a great place.

13 replies

BrendaWoodruff 2009-11-16 17:50:43 -0600 Report

I have been without my meds for 7 months now ,,cant go to the doctors and I dont have insurance,,i have 1 test strip left and dont know what I am suppose to do ,,is there any place in Ohio that can help me to get my meds and strips ? I would love one of those bracelets how do I get one ? I am type 2

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2009-11-01 19:23:09 -0600 Report

Thanks, John. To all community members: we are very pleased to be able to reach out this way. Thanks in advance for your nominations.

Anonymous 2009-11-01 11:35:30 -0600 Report

I am humbly asking for help or were I can go get the help. I lost my job and health insurance. My savings is just about gone. and my medicince is costing and I am not eligible for any type of assistance. I can not get my diabetes under control and I have other major health problems. I really need help get my insulin. I take two insulins and two different pills for my diabetes. I don't know were to turn to get help, My family is being patience with me and the mood swings I go through. I do get depress alot lately. Thank you for any help in guiding me to the right area to get help.

SUSANFLORIDA 2009-11-04 16:21:45 -0600 Report

Have you tried getting your medicine thru your local health dept? That is where I get mine from as I am also Type 2 & dont have any insurance at all…the doctor there helped me in getting my neurontin from Pfizer company at no charge to me…everyone on this board who doesnt have insurance check with your local health depts…I get all my other meds from the health dept at their cost as they dont make a profit from the meds they prescribe…I hope this helps many on this board..if it werent for my local health dept I would not be able to my other meds I need to take on daily basis…I have had lupus since 1974 & other illnesses as well as diabetes…

sbcota 2009-10-31 23:34:17 -0500 Report

I am humbly writing this because I suffer with Type II Diabetes and various other auto immune diseases. My husband recently was laid off from his position where he worked. He applied for unemployment and was denied because he did not have enough quarters. The reason, he was out of work for 4-5 months, was because he was on workmen's comp for an on the job injury.
I myself have been out of work since August because I had to have foot surgery due to a broken toe. We have been struggling to make ends meet, trying to prevent foreclosure on our home, struggling to have enough money to buy our maintenance medicines and co-pays for doctor's and everyday expenses of living. I humbly send you this note it is not my way to ask for any help because I feel others needs are more important and have more severe situations.
My faith is in the Lord and he will provide in what way He seems fit and I will welcome it with open arms.

Luv to Ride
Luv to Ride 2009-10-31 21:36:50 -0500 Report

How can you get one of the blue bracelets that say cure diabetes..I see it on the homepage, I'm a diabetic and would like one.

Anonymous 2009-11-01 18:04:40 -0600 Report

I would also like more information on where to buy a blue bracelet to support diabetes,also because I am diabetic…thank you.

germanac 2009-10-31 18:20:13 -0500 Report

My daughter-in-law was laid off earlier this year. She has not been able to get her insulin for several months due to the cost. Since her husband was also laid off they are unable to afford them. I joined this website to try to help her deal with her diabetes and I'm trying to find a doctor who will treat her. We live in Douglasville, GA and there are no free or low cost clinics here. There are in other counties around us but will not treat accept patients from other areas.

rujo1971 2009-11-03 22:57:06 -0600 Report

If she needs insulin the drug companies maybe able to help her. Until I got Medicare, I was able to get all of my medicine and strips for free. It was sure a Godsend to me and if I can help anyone else, I will be glad to.

SUSANFLORIDA 2009-11-04 16:33:42 -0600 Report

Have you checked out your local health dept? that is where I get my medical care & my meds thru them at their cost…I take metformin 500 mg twice day & take several other meds…2 of them I get from the drug companies for NO cost to me the others I pay very little for..I get my cholestrol pills from WalMart on their $10.00 plan for 90 pills…If it were me I would check out your local health dept to see what all they offer…ours here in NE FL are pretty good…Hope this helps you & your family…

Anonymous 2009-10-31 11:44:04 -0500 Report

Asking for help can be truly humbling. I know for the first time in our lives we have had to ask for that crazy thing everyone thinks is belittling, because if you can't do it you are not a "manly man".My wife and I have had a role reversal type of life, Me a stay- home- father and my wife chief breadwinner. The breadwinner was a reduction-in-force person because of the economy.This year for the first time we have had to seek help both fiscaly as well as doing things around the house. We are supporting our live in Daughter and her three kids: one being austic,one thats ADHD, and a super achiver;as well as my 94yr old Mother-in-law. This was supposed to be the Golden Years. Spoil the grandkids, not fighting to get the homework done. Now we have to rely on Unemployment and My disability,it doesn't go very far. Its hamburger not steak. Its asking for a neighbor to lift and move things.Not hire one of the locals. That's very humbling! To have to have someone do something for you is very humbling! Especially humbling after doing everything for yourself as well as helping all of the other people and causes around you. But after all of that, I don't think I'd change a thing. You see I've met more of my neighbors, developed more friends,and developed a deeper stronger bond with my family.