This Sunday, we have an event with a twist. Join us on Diabetes Support Network-India, our Facebook community, for an all-day virtual potluck. Everyone is welcome to upload photos and short video clips of the food you make that day. You can share your food photos, recipes, the macros, your pre & post meal sugars, bolusing tips and anything else!
Here's a quick low down on all that happened in May 2021 at Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation.
Blue Circle Workshops & Events
Blue Circle Workshops are online weekend workshops that are free and open for all, even non diabetics! 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.
Yoga & breathing techniques Workshop
Whether you do yoga for fitness, peace of mind, Covid recovery or all the options, it can be fun to do it with friends! Our T1 friend Akshaya taught us the ropes, few photos from the workshop below.
Girl Talk Workshop
As part of Project Gaia, our initiative to create a safe space for women with diabetes, we had a casual informal chat with the ladies. See the happy faces in the photos below!
Buddy Meet Workshop
Fun, interactive Buddy Meet to talk about diabetes and mental health & to commemorate one year of our Buddy Project Helpline.
Fun art workshop led by our very own T1 friend, Rohan, check out these awesome photos and artwork!
Facebook Live: Diabetes & Mucormycosis
We had a Facebook Live on Diabetes & Mucormycosis, commonly known as Black Fungus with expert Dr AG Unnikrishnan, Endocrinologist & CEO Chellaram Diabetes Institute, Pune. See & share the recording below.
Second Live of our new series called Meethi Baatein to celebrate top contributors of our community on Facebook. Rohan was in conversation with Divya, see the video here.
In the News
Covid continues to ravage the country while there's also a major vaccine shortage after the Government opened up vaccines for everyone over 18. People with co-morbidities MUST be prioritised in getting vaccinated. Nupur shared her thoughts on the India Today channel.
Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation has appealed to the Government to consider prioritizing people with diabetes in the vaccination drive. Please retweet our appeal.
Buddy Project Helpline
The Buddy Project is our mobile app based psychosocial helpline for diabetes and mental health. 12 trained volunteers (type 1, type 2 & caregivers), speaking 9 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.
Our #BuddyProjectHelpline completed one year of making a difference this month
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)
We are excited to showcase our fun, quirky & diabetes inspired WhatsApp stickers! Use, share & enjoy!
Join our growing community!
We want to thank YOU for making our Facebook community, Diabetes Support Network - India a supportive & helpful family. You have helped us keep this space clean, spam-free, kind and a safe space for people with all types of diabetes to share their experiences & questions.
Use the red 'Invite' button & add people from your Facebook friend list who may benefit and let's GROW our family!
NO Quackery, please
This is NOT acceptable. People will type 1 diabetes can DIE if they follow Ramdev's advice. Please click the post below, retweet, like, share, comment, tag the Health Minister - let's make some noise!
Here's a bite sized tutorial by Snehal on how to remove air bubbles from an insulin syringe. Tell us if you do it the same way!
Another bite sized tutorial by Nupur on hypo unawareness. Read our hypo management guide here.
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.
Blue Circle Store
Check out the adorable, diabetes inspired stickers and magnets from the Blue Circle Store and order them now!
Fun Libre sticker video by Snehal!
Read our blog here. We write about everything from recipes to people's stories, technology and everything diabetes!
May campaign : #ThankYouBuddy
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! Our current campaign is #ThankYouBuddy - where you can give a shout out to your supportive friends and family or show some love for the Buddy Project Helpline by telling us how it helped you! Click each post below to like, comment and share.
Connect with us and participate!
Join our Facebook support group, 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 app and don't forget to check out our website and free helpline too!
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