World Diabetes Day – Lourdes Laguna (32) talks self-care while living with diabetes

It’s November! For other women, that may signify pumpkin spiced lattes, fall jackets and endless preparations for the upcoming family-filled holidays. For a woman with Type 1 Diabetes, like myself, November is a month of pride – Diabetes Awareness Month. :::Wave your syringes and insulin pumps in the air like you just don’t care::: In fact, I do care, 24/7 – 365. November is simply the designated 30-day period in which I can unapologetically promote awareness about this invisible chronic disease so that others can care too. Last November, in fact, I quit my full-time gig to pursue full-time self-care and diabetes management. Since then, I have promised to spread awareness and share my experiences each and every month.

“I quit my full-time gig to pursue full-time self-care and diabetes management.”

But as I write today, November 14th, I’m even more inspired– it’s World Diabetes Day. This year, the International Diabetes Federation set a most important theme: Women and Diabetes – our right to a healthy future. Did you know? 1 in 10 women are living with diabetes. More specifically, 199 million live with diabetes and a projected 313 million by 2040. Today and every day, we must advocate for affordable and equitable access to healthcare, including education and medication, for all women. Also, over 60 million living with diabetes are of reproductive age; acute management and proper pre-conception planning is necessary, given the sensitivities and dangers of conceiving heightens with diabetes. All women deserve a healthy future for themselves and their families. I believe all healing begins with self. We can all start to make a difference in our own lives through movement and healthy choices. And then moving forward, as Malcolm X said, “when ‘I’ is replaced with ‘we’, even illness becomes wellness”.  Learn more about how we can take action for women and diabetes here!

Lourdes Laguna is an educator, avid runner and a woman with Type 1 Diabetes. To stay updated on her personal path to enlightenment and her diabetes-inspired entrepreneurial projects, follow her on Instagram: @inTegr1ty_D

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