We are on the verge of breaking the 20,000 member mark just passed 20,000 members on TuDiabetes! It's been a little over four years since we started on this beautiful journey... yet it seems like it was yesterday.

One of the most special moments in the history of the community was the Word In Your Hand project, which first took place in the second half od 2007.

A few weeks ago, we received a very special gift from Marie B, one of our admins, who put in a ton of time to creating the amazing Word In Your Hand quilt you see below (for those of you attending the Friends For Life conference in Florida next month, it will be exhibited there).

Today, as I look back, I wonder once more: what is your word? What word best describes what diabetes has meant to you? Or perhaps you'd rather share a word that describes what TuDiabetes has meant for you?

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Love the new banner Manny! You must have had it all set with your finger on the enter key LOL
My word for diabetes: frustration
Diabetes: Anxiety

TuDiabetes: Whew

20,000 members: Stupendous

Huge hugs to everyone who makes TuDiabetes such a warm, caring, helpful, supportive, intelligent and comforting place.
Congratulations Manny and the rest of the people keeping the show on the road!
TuDiabetes = Symbiosis
tudiabetes = connectedhope
diabetes = lovepatiencechallenge
w00t! w00t!

My type 1 diagnosis 19 years ago convinced me it was time to take my health and well-being seriously. It has allowed me to actually put myself first sometimes. It has made me a healthier person due to how well I take care of myself. It has made me appreciate the NOW in my life every single minute, even though I don't have any complications. It has allowed me to be an example to people I know who are frightened or depressed by a diagnosis.

Without diabetes as my constant companion, I don't know that I'd work as hard as I do to be happy, healthy, and productive.
I am not sure where I should post my queries? Is there a general place?
you can do that on the forum in quire away




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Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, Editor, has LADA)

Emily Coles
(Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Development Manager, has type 2)

Heather Gabel
(Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator
Bradford (has type 1)

Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)

Gary (has type 2)

David (dns) (type 2)


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