What is CDP?

Our purpose is to reach, teach and motivate diabetics, especially those most at risk for complications.  A surgeon was asked why so many diabetics needed amputations.  His answer: "They just don't know."

We ask "Why don't they know?" and "How can we get through to them?"

Why don't they know?

  • ​Common misinformation clouds the facts
  • A demeaning stigma fosters denial
  • Mistrust of medical professionals
  • Resentment of judgement by non-diabetics
  • Education courses that are long, inconvenient and costly
  • Absence of informed and supportive peers

How can we get through to them?

     There are two parts.  The first is a user-friendly basic course devoid of the baggage that can deter potential participants.  The second is a broad based effort to educate the community and eradicate the stigma.

Part 1:  The CDP Basic Diabetes Course

  • Replaces misinformation and myths with facts
  • Explains why the stigma is wrong
  • Replaces shame with self-respect
  • Uses facilitators who have diabetes
  • Course is short, convenient and free
  • Promotes group interaction/support
  • Shares insights learned through experience

Part 2. Eradicating the stigma

     The idea that diabetes is the diabetic's fault is wrong.  Even so, diabetics are stigmatized for being weak, undisciplined or whatever other flaw badly informed people invent.  The stigma is a problem because many diabetics forgo care to avoid it while others carry an undeserved burden of shame and guilt because of it.

     The stigma must be discredited in order to develop an informed, supportive community that respects those who responsibly manage their disease.  If diabetics who fight are respected, the corollary is that those who ignore it would not be.  If there's a stigma at all, it would be for those who hurt themselves, their families and everyone who counts on them.

     CDP encourages Basic Diabetes Course participants to share their knowledge.  We also reach out to the community by providing speakers for events, businesses, churches, libraries and practically anyone who will listen.  Radio, newspapers, online publications and social media also spread the word. 

CDP provides practical information about diabetes but not medical advice. Participants are advised that diabetes is a highly individualized disease that requires help from health care professionals.