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Help the Big Blue Test Effort at Your Local JDRF Walk

Started this discussion. Last reply by Manny Hernandez Oct 8, 2013. 3 Replies

Last year, a few TuDiabetes and Diabetes Hands Foundation supporters took to their local JDRF walks to share information about and collect Big Blue Tests.…Continue

Tags: Doing, Foundation, Hands, Cause, Good

Growing Community: Over 30k members on TuDiabetes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Lee Aug 22, 2013. 7 Replies

TuDiabetes! Congrats on hitting…Continue

Tags: Tudiabetes, is, Awesome, 30K, reaches

The Diabetes Hands Foundation and FRIO Team UP!

Started this discussion. Last reply by jrtpup May 19, 2013. 2 Replies

It's almost summer, and that means it's time to get your FRIO insulin cooling cases, right?How else are you going to keep that insulin cold? I have my own way, but I can't say that a FRIp pack…Continue

Tags: FRIO, and, Foundation, Hands, Diabetes


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jewels commented on Heather Gabel's blog post 'Type-1er Here and Aiming BIG'
"Great idea and sounds exciting. Another idea for anyone interested might be a mentor group for those newly diagnosed. I've had diabetes for years and have realized just how alone I feel. How alone and overwhelmed I felt when I was diagnosed. I…"
Feb 19
Jerry Nairn replied to Heather Gabel's discussion 'Fighting the Chronic: Abandoning the Cry' in the group POETRY CLUB !
"I'm sorry I didn't see this when it was first posted. I'm sure if you've ever read anything I've posted that I'm one of those who has thought at least at times that he was a warrior, living in a battlefield. You really…"
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Fighting the Chronic: Abandoning the Cry

struck i was, by the call to depart from violent languagenumber four.right there. ilana jacqueline typed the words i couldn’t shape in a blog post.pushing my chronic pressure points, laughing and crying and relating. i wanted to reach out and hug’re not living with chronic illness if you’re “fighting” it, she says, you’re not living if you’re fightingat last, at last! proof! another…See More
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DO YOU WRITE POEMS?Do you express yourself in writingDo you beleive in the power of poetry to heal self,unite poeple from different cultures?Do you like to share your poems on this site?See More
Jul 24, 2014
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"Here is my poem!: send me well wishes, not tricks up your sleeve because right when i need you, you also need me there’s no changing colors, no charging up dues, no market impressions, no turning up clues i test, you trial, as our turbulence…"
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Profile Information

The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
To meet others with diabetes around my area
Date diagnosed
December 28, 2001
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
Type of treatment/devices you use
What pump model do you use, if any?
Medtronic Paradigm
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Heather Gabel's Blog

Casting Call in Los Angeles: People Touched by Diabetes

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 9:00am 0 Comments


I am posting to you in connection with our program, the Big Blue Test: testing one's blood sugar, getting active for 14-20 minutes, testing again and sharing the experience on

The Diabetes Hands Foundation is up to it again this year, gearing up to bring you the Big Blue Test even bigger than before!

We're in our fourth year of the Big Blue Test, and so far…


Type-1er Here and Aiming BIG

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 1:16am 2 Comments

Hi there friends!

"I CAN do this with your help. All you have to do it press share and let the inspiration begin.

Hey there. My name is Heather and I have been living with Type-1 Diabetes for ten years. Every day I not only have to regulate my blood glucose levels by pricking my finger, administering insulin injections, and endlessly counting carbs, but I am also challenged to accept diabetes as a permanent part of who I am. Diabetes is not a disease in my eyes, it is not a…


New Diabetes Mentor Program Seeking Support

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 2:10pm 7 Comments

Hi there! I'm a 21year old UC Berkeley student and was diagnosed when I was 11. I recently developed and started a mentorship program called Diabetes Relationship Building for Empowering Youth (DRBEY). I have been emailing Manny in hopes of building some community support, and he suggested I appeal to all of you.

Tomorrow, Thursday December 2nd I will pitch the DRBEY program project for a grant that will sustain the program throughout the first year of operation. I am very excited,…


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At 7:43pm on May 4, 2014, Linda G said…

BRAVA on being a FEATURED MEMBER Heather!!

At 6:48pm on May 3, 2014, rick (aka: #blankieboy) said…

Heather congratulations on being named a featured member of the week.

At 2:46pm on November 22, 2013, Linda G said…

Did you get my message Heather??
These folks are interested in joining...I would just like to give them as leaflet with further info.

At 12:57pm on November 21, 2013, Linda G said…

Heather...sending you a pm with my address. I need some flyers (in Eng.) to hand out...there are 5 people in mind whom I wish to invite to Tu. email would work, but I wanted something more! Wanted a bit of a nice touch. One would be for a student of mine's family. 10 years old...was dx this week with a bg of 720. that possible?
linda in canada

At 7:56am on November 6, 2013, Richard157 said…

Hello Heather, thanks for the friendship!!

I see that it is your Birthday, and I hope it is a wonderful day for you!!

At 4:03pm on September 5, 2013, Manny Hernandez said…


At 4:10am on September 5, 2013, Linda G said…

Smiles and laughter. Joy and cheer.
New happiness that stays throughout the year...
Hope your birthday brings all these and more.

At 12:45am on September 5, 2013, rick (aka: #blankieboy) said…

Heather Happy Birthday!!! Here is wishing you a wonderful and happy birthday. I hope the coming year will be full of blessings, joy and the wonderful love of family and friends.

At 1:48pm on August 13, 2013, Marie B said…

here's the pug club that met at that park

I guess they moved the meetup to another park in SF

At 1:51pm on March 4, 2013, Marie B said…

heather, I don't think I'm following you on Twitter. Im @MarieBe

also, would you post your handle to this Group?




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