I am unsure why all the hoopla about 10 K members? That is nice and all but it gives me the feeling it's being lauded as a bragging right. It does nothing to help those with of affected by diabetes. Besides aren't there like 30 million people or more with diabetes? Why not just keep quiet about the number thing?

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Comment by Andreina Davila on July 23, 2009 at 9:47am
It is a fair question :)
It is not bragging, it it just that we are very happy about it. Still at lot of work ahead but we are proud of what we have accomplished so far as a community, that it all.

There are communities growing faster, communities growing as fast as we are, and smaller great communities. Let's hope that we get together to all the people that needs or wants to be a part of it.

30 million only in the US... Actually there are more that 250 million people worldwide according to IDF. So, still a lot to do. For sure, we will move on... no worries ;)
Comment by Kelly Rawlings on July 23, 2009 at 9:48am
You say bragging, I say celebrating. Why not cheer our growing community?

We're here because we get something out of our online interactions. That may not help the millions of people with diabetes who are not here, but it certainly helps us. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Plus, how many of us have been moved to attend a support group, reach out to other people with diabetes, write our legislators about health care reform, donate to a diabetes charity, participate in research, or simply gather more data about our own blood sugars and improve them because we've joined tudiabetes?

I've had a 1.1 percent A1C drop since joining the site. Mostly due to my own hard work, of course. But certainly aided and supported by my online friends. Thanks, all! Sending party balloons and confetti your way.
Comment by Phil on July 23, 2009 at 10:33am
Sorry didn't mean to sound like a snob. I just am confused about wanting to celebrate #'s of members I guess.
But I agree it is an awesome site and celebrating is always good :)
Comment by Marcia on July 23, 2009 at 10:35am
Why the hoopla? Why not! We have a community of 10k all sharing a disease(personally or through friends and family). We share ideas and help one another, not to mention the motivation to write our legislators about health care reform, participate in research, etc. When something is happening concerning D I usually hear about it here first. When the time comes we will stand together and make a difference in changes being made. 10K as a group certainly will be noticed if we need to take a stand!
Comment by Gerri on July 23, 2009 at 7:56pm
Now that we're 10,000 strong, we've got some weight to throw around. Hoping to see the community take a stand representing 10,000 PWD on the issues that effect us all--health care, research, or whatever the members feel is important. Would be nice to see some activism, along with the other important roles Tu D plays.
Comment by Robyn on July 23, 2009 at 8:04pm
Gerri, bravo to you! I feel the same way. Let's see what strength in numbers really can do.
Comment by Gerri on July 23, 2009 at 8:11pm
We could be a force to be reckoned with. 10,000 is just a number without harnessing the energy & passion to effect change. We could sit here all day whining about ignorant doctors, inadequate health care, lack of insurance & what good does that do? What about our sisters & brothers in countries where they can't even get insulin & meters--a travesty!
Comment by Robyn on July 23, 2009 at 8:29pm
Yes, look what you and David are doing for Lois.....we need TU to stand up for those who can't do it by themselves! Isn't that the whole purpose of a community and support foundation. I hope so!
Comment by Gerri on July 23, 2009 at 8:32pm
I hope so, too!
Comment by Robyn on July 23, 2009 at 11:24pm
What do the members feel is important? Health care, research? Can we advertise TU to get that sort of attention? Good pont , Gerri. This would be a good main page discussion to keep going. Feedback is necessary.

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