by Debbie Kaufman
Who doesn’t love shopping? Okay, I confess. I don’t. I hate to shop. But quick, before you vote me out of the club of women everywhere, I do shop religiously once a year at my favorite website. This website has enough variety to serve anyone’s needs, it’s only open for one month out of the year and it carries potentially life-changing stuff along with the sheer fun things. You can shop there too, AND, by doing so, be a part of something epic: helping to find a cure to one of the major killers in the US?
Link? Link, you say? Stay tuned, and I’ll share it with you. But first…
I’m a huge fan of the Biggest Loser. I watch episodes while I use my treadmill because I find the show so motivating. Judging by their ratings, a lot of people like me watch for the inspiration and the hope we get from watching people’s lives transformed. The results are amazing: svelte bodies, life issues healed, and diseases like diabetes cured.
Diabetes cured? Stop the presses. I need in on this one. I’ve used insulin for almost 30 years now, skinny or fat, I’ve needed it to survive. For the last 25 years, I’ve delivered it with this cool little piece of technology called an insulin pump.
Shows like The Biggest Loser have their share of hype. Saying people’s diabetes is cured is a dramatic statement. I wish they differentiated the types of diabetes out there for the non-medical folks. Their weight loss programs helps cure Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), the one a lot of people get when they gain too much weight.
Then there’s the other type, formerly called Juvenile Diabetes, now known as Type 1, or T1D. According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), this type “has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and-at present-nothing you can do to get rid of it.” Oh, and it has nothing to do with being a “juvenile.” I was diagnosed in my mid-twenties and pray that research will find a cure before long.
Okay, I’m not picking on The Biggest Loser. What they’ve done is save people’s lives and I don’t want to downplay that. After all, I was bummed when Chris went home and I’ve been rooting for Kim, an Atlanta woman, to win. And yes, I wanted to slap all of the remaining five when they pouted about the returning eliminated contestants—For gosh sakes, people, READ your contracts and man up. It’s a game and America was pretty disappointed in you for that.
Okay, off my rant. I hear that credit card of yours tapping the keyboard impatiently…
Here’s the bottom line: Diabetes is a disease that myself and about 26 million other Americans live with every day. I’m betting you know someone diagnosed with this killer disease. Here’s how you can shop and help. Go visit the annual online auction run by the fabulous Brenda Novak. Go here: http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/
Proceeds from this auction go to diabetes research, so keep that in mind when you break out the plastic!
Starting May 1st through the 31st, you can bid on everything from books to editor critiques to trips to Italy or home décor. Petit Fours and Hot Tamales has their own category, but it won’t be filled until opening day. Our category, Blog Bounty from the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales, will include a Kindle, original artwork, themed baskets, and, returning for the last year, our fun soaps (frogs, ducks, etc.) While you’re waiting for our category to be filled, go visit the auction.
Tell me one or more things you find to bid on and post about it here on this blog. I will pick one of the auction posters to award a $10.00 Starbucks gift card, just for shopping before the “store” opens!