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Leading up to World Diabetes Day (Nov. 14), we are preparing a project called "Word In Your Hand" . It's VERY EASY to participate.

1) Write a word in your hand describing how you feel about diabetes.
2) Take a photo, showing the hand with the word.
3) Add it to the Photos here in TuDiabetes.
4) Enter the tag "word" to the photo.

Optional (for people with Flickr accounts):
5) If you have a Flickr account, join the group there ( and add the photo to the Pool (read instructions on how to do it, here).

6) Last, post a reply in this topic when you are done adding the photo either to TuDiabetes Photos or to Flickr.

It doesn't matter where you take the picture. It can be in your kitchen, office, garden, who cares? Just tell the world how you feel and help spread awareness about Diabetes.

The goal is to collect as many photos as possible. They will become a part of a video we will produce to be pushed through as many possible media outlets leading up to World Diabetes Day.

Please contact me (manny at tudiabetes dot org) to let me know if you want to contribute a song to go with the video.

If you can help spread the word about the project, feel free to reuse the banner Andreina created for it:

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I posted my word (finally) this evening. It's endurance.

Diabetes365 day 8 Oct. 15th 2007 - Diabetes is...Endurance

What is Diabetes?
It's knowledge that I'm missing,
a void that needs to be filled.
Yet, it something within my grasp.
Here's mine:

The third Photo of the Week winner is YayIslets, with the word "daunting":

You can choose between these two books authored by two of our members:
-Know Your Numbers, Outlive your Diabetes by Amy Tenderich (visit the book's blog)
-When You're a Parent With Diabetes by Kathryn Gregorio (visit the book's website)

or one of these prints, gracefully donated by Andreina Davila:

There were two words this week that deserve special mention:

Albert Chen (with the word "D?"):

Ed Parma (with the word "Self Control"):

You can choose one of these prints, gracefully donated by Andreina Davila:

All three photos will be highlighted on a collage to appear in the home page during the entire week. Once again, congrats to the winners and to EVERYBODY who posted!!

We're doing better but we would love to have more photos to include in the video.

Next week, we will be offering special prints for children as a prize, so heads up parents of children with diabetes! :)

When I originally asked Noah if he wanted to do this project, he got very excited - permission from his mother to draw on his hand! I gave him a marker, and told him to think of a word that descibes how he feels with diabetes. One word to tell people that know and that don't know what it feels like for him. He thought a minute, then put marker to hand. When he showed me his hand, with the word "stress" carefully drawn in kid scratch; I felt a lump in my throat and instantly welled up with tears. I had no idea he felt that way- he's been so brave and I told him so. It's our hope that we can reduce the stress of diabetes in his every day life. We focus so much on the clinical side of it, and sometimes forget the emotional stuff.
Way to go!!

This is Children's Week, dear friends. That means we should try to get some cool photos for the "Word in Your Hand" of the children with diabetes in our community.

The prizes will be prints from the artist Pesare:

My kids had fun designing what they wanted on their hands and then having them painted. I think it was also a good way to express what they have been feeling.

Brendon chose the word "annoying" to show how he feels about all the questions kids in school ask him about his diabetes. They're very curious about it which is a good thing, but he feels overwhelmed having to field questions all of the time.

This is a great idea! If I did this right, my photo is now added! thanks! Karin :-)

this is how i feel some times what with all the needles and test strips that i handle everyday.
WOW. This took my breath away...




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