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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I was very honored to be asked to have my word put on the quilt. DETERMINED I am determined to deal with this disease the best that I can. Not to feel guilty or depressed, but to be determined to succeed in having a healthy life as best I can.
Tu- friendship and family I think of the people on this site as my second family. If I can do anything to help people or to support them when they are feeling low, then I am happy.
My gift
diabetes has meant heartache foe me.

TUDiabetes has meant balm for my soul.

My word about my son's diabetes after two years would be "Challenge" a constant challenge to keep his blood glucose in range and his pump settings optimal. My word about TuDiabetes is "Hopeful" we are hopeful that with so many people facing the same challenges day to day there will be a cure soon!
My word (on the quilt) for diabetes is "vulnerable," but my word for TuDiabetes the community is - without a doubt - "HOME."

Congratulations, you wonderful old social network. I can't believe you're 20,000 strong (and growing)!
How many of this 20,000 are relatively active members?
How appropriate that the quilt was completed right in time with hitting the 200000+ mark. My word for what TuDiabetes means to me is Empowerment -- in that it is a source of support, hope, possibilities, and community. My word for hitting 20,000 -- WooHoo! My word on the quilt is Courage.
I was so honored to be included in this quilt. Marie is a fabulous quilter with a BIG heart. THANKS to her for her enduring efforts; and Thanks to Tudiabetes for being an outlet, a source of support, and an information-bearer for 20,000 members!!
My word was "Faith"; and I continue to have faith that Tudiabetes will grow in scope, influence, and membership.

Like Robyn, I am also "Grateful":Thanks to you Manny, site administrators and to ALL who have helped the sun to shine at this most special site.

God Bless,
Awesome news!!!

My word on the hand is "managing" because diabetes is not easy, but somehow we do manage. TuDiabetes has been my greatest support in this!!




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