How can people without diabetes understand what living with diabetes is really like? Even within the diabetes community, there are levels of misunderstanding, misrepresentation, and mistaken messaging, often creating a divide where there should be a bridge.
By increasing understanding and empathy, we can work together to raise the visibility of real life with diabetes.
Why Walk With D?
There is an old saying, “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Which is why we’ve started the Walk With D campaign. It’s a campaign designed to peel back the layers of misunderstanding and to help build those all-important bridges.
How to Participate
Participation is simple: share your story, and connect with your peers. Using social media as your megaphone, show what your diabetes life is really like through blog posts, photos, tweets, status updates, and videos, and tag your stories with the #WalkWithD hashtag. Gone are the days of stock photography representing diabetes – social media gives us the opportunity to replace the stock photos with real faces, real stories, and real life with diabetes.
We are using Tagboard to collect social media posts using #WalkWithD. You can join the conversation on the social media platform of your choice. You can see our Tagboard here.
Together, we can create a collage that shows people both in and outside of the diabetes community the reality of life with diabetes.
Connect with others touched by diabetes to understand their journey and to let them know that they don’t walk alone.
“Every way that you raise up your voice is what counts
Awareness is spread in big and small amounts.
No reach is too small and no efforts too rife.
Make a difference for one and you’ve just changed a life.”
We at P4DC believe in online safety. We trust you do, too. By posting a photo to us using #WalkWithD, you are confirming:
- That you are over 18 years of age.
- You are the owner of any copyright or other rights to the image and that content of the image does not infringe any third party’s rights.
- That the only persons depicted in the photo are you and/or your child, and that you release your proprietary rights to your images and grant the Partnering for Diabetes Change Collaborators license to use those images for the purpose of furthering this educational campaign through various media channels.