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No-Sugar Added® Poetry is an ongoing program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that runs TuDiabetes, connecting people touched by diabetes and raising diabetes awareness.

In 2010, the first No-Sugar Added® Poetry Book was published. A collection of 39 diabetes poems written by members of, YES, our community, compiled by the Diabetes Hands Foundation with a foreword by Dr. Bill Polonsky and an introduction by Lee Ann Thill.

Let's keep letting the world know about diabetes with poetry! Together!

April is National Poetry Month!!

This year instead of a poetry contest we're doing a Poetry Share on TuDiabetes, and April's the month!

All month share your original poetry relating to diabetes on the comment wall below. A selection of the poems that are shared will be highlighted on TuDiabetes and the Diabetes Hands Foundation facebook page.

To get your creative juices flowing, check out last year's poetry contest entries here!

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No Sugar Added® Poetry Contest Winners--Week 3

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 4:30pm 1 Comment


Week THREE of the No Sugar Added® Poetry contest closed last Thursday, and we have 3 final prize winners to announce! Check out the great work below, and congratulations to our final round of winners for 2012!!

Our winners this week

1st place: "Diabetic Dreams", by…


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At 6:15am on July 1, 2013, mistressbinky said…

What is D.P?

At 12:56am on May 2, 2013, Sunflower said…

Anger, so much anger
Blast of a new world.

Cheated, we were cheated
Dangerously torn.

Evil, this is evil
Frozen there we stood
Ground fading under our feet
Having heard what it was.

I cried and cried my eyes out
Jolly folks we were, not
Knowing what it was
Later we were told.

Manage, try your best
Now you cannot cure.

Our lives are now so different
Pretending all is good.

Quakes is our souls
Restlessy adjusting
Sugars, shots and finger pricks.

Try and try and try.

Ups and downs
Vary the therapy
What does it feel? He's only two.
X, cross, bad.

Yes, we

Now I know my ABC's
Next time won't you sing with me.

At 11:03am on April 24, 2013, Trudy said…

A Reminder

Lurking in the back of my mind are numbers, letters,
Type 1, MDI, Count those Carbs,
one more PWD.
Why do we work so hard to live?

My golden Cici came nose to nose with death.
She has survived.
Once again she smiles a golden smile.
So many human friends, dog friends, cared.

Thank you, Cici, for the reminder.
We test, inject, keep on counting,
because others care for us,
because there is joy in caring for ourselves.

MDI = multiple daily injections
PWD = person with diabetes

At 7:13pm on April 19, 2013, mary said…

Little Diabetic
I’m not diabetic. I just have a little sugar.
Give me a little sugar. (kiss)
I’m not diabetic. I’m only borderline.
And I don’t look at the borderline.
Just a little diabetic.
I’m a little diabetic.
"You’re a short diabetic."
A little diabetic.
Is that like a little pregnant?
Is that like slightly dead?
I’m not diabetic.
I control my sugar by running several miles a day.
If I eat, I run.
As long as I stay away from food and keep running, I can say: I am not a diabetic.
I’m not diabetic. I was told I no longer have to test.
Chronic means forever.
Chronic means every day.
Chronic means it never goes away.
We manage.
We control.
We hide.
See I’m doing fine.
No worries.
Just the highs, but I shut my eyes.
No one needs to know.

This is adapted from scene 6 of The Sweet Lowdown, premiering at Broom Street Theater Madison, WI October 25 and running through November 16, 2013. The Sweet Lowdown is made possible in part with funding from DHF Seeds.

At 11:57am on April 19, 2013, Elizabeth Rae said…

Haiku for the Invisible

My unseen disease.
Displays no outward signs – yet.
Inside, though, it hurts.

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