This weekend, Gilmerio & Rohan, both T1s, will chat about carb counting- a great tool to manage your diabetes. Register now for the workshop - open to all!
Here's a quick low down on all that happened in April 2022 at Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation.
We kickstarted our #BlueCircleIndiaTour with Blue Circle Camps in March in Pune and Mumbai. Tell us where else you would like us to visit and let's catch up!
Join us in Delhi
Register now and see you on Saturday 14th May 2022 for the Blue Circle Camp in Delhi!
Blue Circle Workshops
Blue Circle Workshops are online weekend workshops that are free and open for all, even non diabetics! We started these workshops in lockdown in 2020 and have conducted over 100 workshops yet! Join in, have fun and learn new things. Sign up as a member and follow our social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube to know of upcoming workshops. Be a part of our awesome Facebook community too!
Virtual Coffee Catch-up - Facebook Live Audio
School + T1D Workshop
Extremely helpful workshop on managing school with type 1 diabetes hosted by Dr Sarala and Komal, both parents of kids with type 1 diabetes. Click the post below to read the highlights-
Summer & Diabetes Workshop
Wonderful workshop on Summer and Diabetes hosted by Gilmerio and Rohan, both living with type 1 diabetes. Click the post below to read the highlights-
Project Gaia Workshop
At Project Gaia, our initiative is to create a safe space for women living with diabetes. Gynaecologist Dr Nina Mansukhani spoke about sexual health and diabetes with our hosts Sanskruti and Ashlesha. Click the post below to read the highlights-
13th Facebook Live of our series called Meethi Baatein to celebrate top contributors of our community on Facebook. Alka was in conversation with Shyam who lives with type 2 diabetes, see the video here.
In the News
How many people know there is more than one type of diabetes? The New Indian Express puts the spotlight on type 1 diabetes. Read what Ovi's mom Savita & Nupur have to say. Read the article.
The Diabetes Health magazine covered the stories of Mouparna, Snehal & her father & Ovi and her mother, Savita. Click the posts below to read the articles.
Letter for Schools
We know that physical schools have started again. Whether newly diagnosed or not, it's an anxious time for parents of kids with type 1 diabetes. Please feel free to click this post on our Facebook community, Diabetes Support Network India which will take you to a downloadable and editable letter for schools. Edit it with your child's specific details and share a signed copies with the child's school principal, teachers, etc.
You are welcome to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you face any issues or you would like us to organise a diabetes awareness programme at your school or organisations.
If you have a success story you would like us to share, email us on email@example.com with 'Success Stories' in the subject line. Send your name, photo, type of diabetes and a short paragraph on your success. Click the posts below to read the success stories of Gauri and Amit-
Teenager Shiva from Khed, Maharashtra got recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He had the classic symptoms of weight loss, hunger & thirst. He is the eldest of 4 siblings & his parents are workers at a brick kiln.
Thank you Savita & our T1 champ, Ovi, for counseling Shiva & his family, following up with the doctors and hospital & connecting a newly diagnosed child with type 1 diabetes to Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation and making them feel less alone. What precious smiles 😊 Educate 💪 Engage 💪 Empower 💪 each one with diabetes!
Buddy Project Helpline
The Buddy Project Helpline is our mobile app based psychosocial helpline for diabetes and mental health. Trained volunteers living with diabetes (type 1, type 2 & caregivers), speaking 7 different languages are here to listen to you without judgements. If you feel lost, depressed, anxious, panicky, suicidal or generally upset, please schedule a call with us. These are tough times but remember you are NOT alone, your community stands with you.
How to call the Buddy Project helpline
Open the Blue Circle Diabetes app > Buddy Project > Schedule tab > pick a buddy of your choice > Schedule a call (once you schedule you'll see it under the 'Meetings' tab > 10 minutes prior to the call, you'll receive an app notification/reminder > To join the call, open the app, go to Buddy Project & under the 'Meetings' tab, press the 'Join' button (video is off by default, can switch on as per preference)
Looking for a partner? Marriage & Diabetes
We understand that a lot of people with diabetes face tremendous difficulties in finding the right partner and getting married. We have received a lot of requests over the years to facilitate a platform to this end. Here's our small effort in that direction. If you'd like to find a partner, or are a parent who would like to introduce their child looking to get married, please introduce yourself on our private Facebook community, Diabetes Support Network - India.
Life with any type of diabetes is not easy. Here's a little diabetes humour to brighten up your day. Click the posts below to see-
Blue Circle Store
Check out the adorable diabetes merchandise from the Blue Circle Store and order them now!
India's first app, made by diabetics & for diabetics. If you have found the app helpful & would like to help, consider making a small donation of Rs 99 per month: https://www.bluecircle.foundation/donate
Thank you to our wonderful community for helping us making the app better for you! We look forward to your generosity to help us rewrite the app ground up! Use the 'New Feature Idea' button on the app to tell us what features may make the app better.
Did you know you can save tax when you donate? NGO Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation is registered under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act. See our website & social media for our work & various projects in diabetes awareness and advocacy across India. Your support helps us support the diabetes community & help those who cannot help themselves.
Donate & avail tax relief as an individual or organization: https://www.bluecircle.foundation/donate
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for queries
To participate in our social media campaigns, share your video or photo (with some supporting text) on the topic with us. Upload through the Blue Circle Diabetes mobile app and we'll feature you! Rohan launches our campaign, #SugarSelfie.
Connect with us and participate!
Join our award winning Facebook community, like and follow our page, subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on Instagram and Twitter too! If you would like to share and contribute content upload it to the Blue Circle Diabetes app and don't forget to check out our website and Buddy Project helpline too!