Becoming an Advocate that Advocates

advocacyLately there has been a lot of talk in the world of diabetes about “advocacy.” But what does this over used word actually mean? And furthermore, why should we care?

My good old Webster’s dictionary defines the word “advocate” as both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means, “one who pleads for another’s cause.” As a verb, it is defined as, “to plead in favor of.”

After a good deal of thought and contemplation, I have come to the following conclusion. I am an advocate for people with diabetes and I specifically advocate for amputation prevention.

But this is not enough. What is necessary for this advocacy to have a positive impact and to make a meaningful difference is to join with as many like minded partners as possible. There is power in numbers!

Creating a large community of people advocating for decreasing the incidence of diabetic foot ulcerations and preventing amputations is necessary in order to create sustainable change. It is time to become an advocate that advocates. For yourself and for others!

If not us, then who?

If not now, then when?

Do it for yourself. Do it for others.