How did it start?
The Word in Your Hand™ project started with this post in our community, back in late July 2007. The idea was great, so we invited members of the community to contribute their photos.

What is the premise of the Word in Your Hand™ project?
1) Write a word in your hand describing how you feel about diabetes.
2) Take a photo, showing the hand with the word.
3) Share it with others.

Between July and November 2007, we collected over 120 photos for the project through TuDiabetes® and through the TuDiabetes Flickr group.

What was the goal of the project?
We wanted to empower people touched by diabetes to express themselves and let the world know what it is like to have diabetes. The result of the project was this video including some of the 120+ photos submitted with music by one of the members too.

The video was posted on numerous channels in time for World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14, 2007, such as: YouTube, Current.TV and Vimeo

To date, the video has been picked up by nearly 25,000 blogs and other web sites.

The Global Diabetes Handprint initiative
In 2008, Diabetes Hands Foundation licensed Word In Your Hand to LifeScan, the makers of the OneTouch glucose meters. Inspired by Word In Your Hand™they created the Global Diabetes Handprint project. In 2010, the project was expanded and launched in Australia. This is the video inviting Australians to participate:

Video Update (Aug. 20, 2009):
A new video (and a remix of the video) were published in August 2009, to continue raising awareness about life with diabetes:
Photo update (May 11, 2011):
Marie B, one of the administrators of TuDiabetes and an amazing quilter, put together this quilt for Word In Your Hand, which captures the hands of many of the most active members in the community in the past few years. See the entire album of individual photos of each word.

How you can submit the Word In Your Hand?

You are welcome to submit your photo through the Word In Your Hand page.

Help us continue to develop diabetes awareness programs like this one.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Last updated by Manny Hernandez May 13, 2011.



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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)

Desiree Johnson  (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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