If you want the emotional side of why I think #SpareARose is such an important advocacy endeavor, please see here.
One more emotional plea for good measure: Ketones suck. They shouldn’t exist; no one should have to endure that level of discomfort and danger. Thinking of little kids across the globe suffering ketoacidosis while waiting for life-sustaining insulin that may not get there in time- well, it just gets to me. It’s not fair. Even if we can’t remedy their suffering overnight, it is our moral obligation to do what we can here and now to help them.
On the lighter side of things, I’ve been thinking a bit about Disney. What if Beauty & The Beast had spared a rose? They would have cut to the chase with living happily-ever-after a lot quicker, and they would have also spared us that annoyingly-catchy Gaston pub crawl song. (Sorry it’s stuck in your head now).
Since we can’t rewrite a Disney film, let’s spare the rose for them now. Let’s chase these ketones away from people who do not have the blessings of accessible insulin that many of us have each day. We know how hard diabetes can be, even with various sophisticated tools of the trade available to many of us. Imagine not even having the bare minimum in treating diabetes. In 5 seconds with a few clicks of a mouse and $5 donated, we can give those less fortunate than us a chance at their own happily-ever-after’s.
Please spare what you can: the cost of your morning cup of coffee, a movie ticket, your favorite type of ice cream. However you choose to find ways to give, please #SpareARose this February.