Que celebrating our resilient diabetes community

Que Dallara with Medtronic Champions

This month, we’re celebrating Diabetes Awareness Month in the U.S., and on November 14, we’ll celebrate World Diabetes Day . You’ll start to see videos of people bouncing blue balloons when scrolling through your feed so I wanted to explain why we launched our #BlueBalloonChallenge.

Medtronic Champion, Melanie

Diabetes is a constant balancing act — managing your Time in Range in addition to all the other things life throws your way on a daily basis takes strength, resilience, and grit. That’s where the blue balloon comes in – a literal symbol of that balancing act you do every single day. To show a glimpse into what life’s like for those navigating this journey. Your stories continue to inspire us and they’re what motivate us to do what we do, every day. Stories like Melanie’s also demonstrate that it takes a village sometimes and having a support system is absolutely critical. That’s why at Medtronic, we take great care to ensure that our teams are able to provide the support you need and that it’s delivered in the ways that are most meaningful to you. 

I invite you to join me in this challenge to help spread awareness this Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day. To take part, post a photo or video of you safely doing an activity while bouncing a blue balloon in the air and tag @medtronicdiabetes with the hashtag #blueballoonchallenge. For every post, Medtronic will donate $5 to Life for a Child. I did my challenge in our Northridge headquarters and it made me reflect on the important role we play in helping you keep that balloon up in the air as a key care partner throughout your diabetes journey. Please know we don’t take that honor and privilege for granted. 

I’d love to hear how you are celebrating this World Diabetes Day. Let me know in the comments below. I look forward to reconnecting next month on the LOOP blog.




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Submitted by Martha E. Brooker (not verified) on

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I've lived with Type 1 Diabetes for 62 years & counting!
I was 6 yrs old at te time.
I remember my mother sterilizing the needles & glass syringes!!
My husband & I have 2 healthy boys & 3 healthy grandchildren!
I was so happy that someone came up with the insulin pump after having to.inject myself for close to 48 years it was a "God" send!!
I am living a mich healthier life with the Medtronic pump!!
Thank you so much!!

Submitted by Que.Dallara on

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Thanks for sharing your experience Martha. We’ve come such a long way from those times and we’re honored to have played a role in making your experience easier!

Submitted by Kelly Kellner (not verified) on

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Hi my name is Kelly I lived with diabetes at the age of 7. Thank for making diabetes a special day and support for people too.

Submitted by Que.Dallara on

In reply to by Kelly Kellner (not verified)

Of course, Kelly – it’s my pleasure and hope to continue to engage with you here!

That’s fantastic to hear! We’ll have the team follow up then.

Submitted by Douglas Wayne Olson (not verified) on

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My name is Doug Olson. I'am 72 years old. I was diagnosed a type 1 diabetic in 1954. I have been insulin dependent for 68 years. I would like to help with awareness and how I've dealt with it for this long. Hope to hear from you soon.

Submitted by Que.Dallara on

In reply to by Douglas Wayne Olson (not verified)

Doug, thank you so much for reaching out. We would love to hear your story – the team will be in touch with you soon.

Submitted by John Bartow (not verified) on

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51+ years adjusting. Medtronics allows me to make it look easy and gets me through the day to day bumps and jumps. Thank you for recognizing the difficulty of a diabetics life.

Submitted by Que.Dallara on

In reply to by John Bartow (not verified)

That’s so reassuring to hear, John. Glad we can play a small part in your diabetes journey. It’s an honor to serve you!

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