I’m participating in this year’s Diabetes Blog Week!
Today’s prompt: Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change? (Thanks to Briley of inDpendence for this topic suggestion.)
I would create a petition to all the world’s diabetes organizations to use the Blue Circle as the official symbol for diabetes.
This isn’t something that I talk about that often, but I actually know the women who started the Unite for Diabetes campaign, which lobbied for the UN Resolution and launched Blue Circle for the first time. Their names are Kari and Clare Rosenfeld, and I went to camp with Clare when I was in high school. We were part of the same group of friends nicknamed the Camo Crew (because we wore camo jackets at camp) and I remember the first time I heard Clare talking about the UN Resolution while sitting around her kitchen table.
So of course, having seen how much time has passed between when the ideas were first discussed to the present day, it frustrates me that the Blue Circle isn’t more widely recognized. Sure, JDRF uses blue, and so does the Diabetes Research Institute, but they aren’t the same blue and they don’t come close to using the blue circle. ADA is freaking red. Whatevs. I have no idea what colors the other international organizations are, but I imagine most of them don’t use the Blue Circle.
I’ve tried to use the Blue Circle whenever possible. They are part of the designs in my line of diabetes-inspired greeting cards, Blue Cupcake. They are featured in this blog’s logo. I have the Blue Circle pin and I have a Blue Circle necklace. I like having a symbol that unites everyone with diabetes because to be honest, I do believe that people with diabetes have more in common than not. I know that can be hard to believe because there are some aspects of this disease that are completely contrary to each other. But even with all the differences, we still have some outstandingly concrete connections and similarities that you can’t ignore, and so I like the idea of connecting us as a family.
It’s kind of like us as humans. We all look a little different but at the heart of the matter, we’re all the same.
I would love for the organizations to finally get on board with using the Blue Circle, but I know they won’t because everything comes down to marketing and marketing comes down to raising money and raising money is everything when it comes to keeping an organization afloat. They want to be as unique and different as possible. Is that a good thing? Maybe. Probably not. The idea of competition in the diabetes community has always left a sour taste in my mouth, although it’s understandable because everyone has their own ideas of how to do things and everyone wants their ideas supported. In a way it’s a good thing that there is diversity in approaches because it’s not good to have all your eggs in one basket.
But I still can’t figure out why that prevents people from using the Blue Circle to show that they are part of the larger diabetes community. United for a cure.