Today is November 1st, the first day of Diabetes Awareness Month, and two weeks until World Diabetes Day on November 14th. Today is also T1Day, a JDRF initiative to raise awareness about type 1 diabetes. They want everyone to give the finger to type 1 diabetes, a funny, albeit sassy message, but one I can endorse since I’m chock full of inappropriateness. Jason generously served as my photographer, and snapped this picture of me giving type 1 the finger (disclosure: JDRF contacted me, and sent me the foam finger).
Also in support of this initiative, people have been posting their three words to tell the world about type 1 diabetes, using #T1Din3 on twitter. After two fabulously successful years of Diabetes Art Day, and now all the fun I’m having with the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange, here are my 3 words:
Creativity – Embrace – Life
In some Diabetes Awareness Month non-news, I’ve spent the last two nights trying to do something blue to my hair. I got the idea from Auntly H at Beyond Your Peripheral Vision. I saw she was ordering a blue wig because she figured that was more likely to garner attention and questions than simply wearing blue clothes. I liked where she was going with that, so yesterday I picked up some blue hair dye while getting some bags of Halloween candy to restock the stash I had bought weeks ago, and we’d managed to do some major damage to… but that’s beside the point.
Last night I bleached the bottom 3 inches of several clumps of hair before Jason played hairdresser (photographer, hairdresser, IT support… what can’t my husband do?), and slathered blue goo in my hair. I waited, I rinsed, I washed, I dried, and I was sorely disappointed with the way-too-subtle results. Tonight I was determined to make my blah-blue into true-blue, so again, with Jason’s assistance, I slathered more blue goo on my hair, waited even longer, rinsed, washed, dried, and was aggravated to still have nothing more than a very subtle blue tint, which you can sort of make out in the photo. I’m not giving up on having blue hair to raise a little diabetes awareness, but this is clearly a work in progress, so stay tuned.