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Blogging on TuDiabetes is changing

As we move TuDiabetes to its new home we are changing the way blog posts appear in the community.  In the new design of TuDiabetes we will curate blog posts about life with diabetes from other sources, outside of the TuDiabetes website.  Blogs that are written by members of TuDiabetes who want to post them on the website will go…


Added by Emily Coles on March 11, 2015 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

Queens and Kings of Carb Counting Share Their Secrets

From the Integrated Diabetes services Blog

The results are in. Apparently, there is universal interest in the topic, because we received hundreds of entries in our carb counting contest from people as far away as Eastern Europe and Australia. We all think we’re “experts” after years of label reading and WAG counting, but our three winners really showed their expertise and scored high…


Added by Emily Coles on July 28, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

I just need a witness

I awoke at 7am this morning with a BG of 433.  Did a pretty conservative injection.  Awoke at 9am with a BG of 25.

I'm fine, physically and emotionally.  I just needed to share that with some folks who understand what kind of start to the day that is.

Thanks and big hugs, y'all

Added by Emily Coles on May 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — 13 Comments

THANK YOU, from the team at Diabetes Hands Foundation


As the year comes to a close, and our families come together for a merry good time near the warmth of the fire, our attention turns to those who have made our progress possible. In the spirit of the holidays and sending virtual hugs, we want to say sincerely, thank you.

Thank you for supporting the work we do.

Thank you for participating.

Thank you for showing up when it counts.

Thank you for sharing our mission.

Thank you for being open…


Added by Emily Coles on December 30, 2013 at 11:15am — 3 Comments

Thanksgiving: A few tips for PWD

By guest writer Jonathan Jarashow, Publisher of Walgreens Diabetes & You magazine



During my two decades as the publisher of Walgreens Diabetes & You and, I published a large collection of articles about the holidays. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it would be a…


Added by Emily Coles on November 21, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Join the Thunderclap!

International Diabetes Federation just started a Thunderclap campaign to raise awareness on World Diabetes Day!


Thunderclap is a website that allows people to pledge to Tweet or Facebook a message all on the same time day and at the exact same time, in order to achieve the maximum effect. They aim to reach at least 250 supporters at the latest on Nov.14 but the more supporters they get, the more successful the campaign will…


Added by Emily Coles on November 4, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange

I LOVE this time of year!!  Holidays are coming, my birthday is coming, Big Blue Test is coming, World Diabetes Day is coming...  and so is the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange!  Do you guys know about this?  It's an initiative by Lee Ann Thill, who is a member of TuDiabetes and has her own blog called The Butter…


Added by Emily Coles on September 18, 2013 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Book Review: Sugar Free Journey


I recently read Sugar Free Journey, the final book in Naomi Kingery's Sugar Free series (all of which can be purchased here).  Naomi is known as The Diabetic…


Added by Emily Coles on August 2, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Make Our Checks Matter

Every time we test our blood sugar, we make crucial, life-sustaining decisions based upon that result. If the accuracy and precision of those results are compromised, so is our diabetes care. Let’s make our blood sugar checks matter.

Please take a look at the StripSafely Campaign, aiming to raise the voices in the diabetes online community for blood glucose test strips that are accurate.

The FDA…


Added by Emily Coles on July 1, 2013 at 2:00pm — 32 Comments

Diabetes poster by Shepard Fairey... Get yours!!


Added by Emily Coles on June 28, 2013 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Cinco de Mayo, posted on siete de junio :)

We've probably all heard of the holiday Cinco de Mayo (which means 5th of May, in Spanish, and is, not coincidentally, when the holiday is celebrated), but do you know what it's about?

Nope, not beer.  At least not originally. 

It is also not about big, colorful skirts, although they frequently make an appearance at Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican victory over France in a battle fought in the town of Puebla, in 1862.  In a…


Added by Emily Coles on June 7, 2013 at 2:23pm — 4 Comments

Part 2: "Virtual Hug" updates on Sue, aka CatLover, by Jim

Day 38 (5/16)

Dear Sue Progress Report(PR) followers,

Tonight we need you all to pray for a procedure that Sue is having done very early in the morning.  
At 3:30, when I arrived, Sue and I met with two gals from AMH who spelled out what decisions had to be made today in order for Sue's Physical Therapy Treatment…


Added by Emily Coles on May 16, 2013 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

"Virtual Hug" updates on Sue (aka CatLover), by Jim

TuDiabetes member Sue, aka catlover, had an operation on Tuesday, April 9th. She could not wait to have it performed, but she did not want to tell many people about it. She did not tell…


Added by Emily Coles on April 30, 2013 at 3:00pm — 21 Comments

Diabetes News from Haiti

Francine Ratner Kaufman, M.D. has had a 30 year distinguished career in diabetes care, research and advocacy. In 2009, she stepped down as director of the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center, and head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to become Chief Medical Officer and VP of Global Clinical, Medical and Health affairs at Medtronic Diabetes (Northridge, CA).

Below is a…


Added by Emily Coles on April 10, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Happy Diabetes Alert Day, everyone!

American Diabetes Association® Alert Day® is a one-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2…


Added by Emily Coles on March 20, 2013 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Meet TuD!


I'd like to introduce you to TuD!  TuD turns 6 years old this month.  

You will be seeing more of TuD on TuDiabetes and other Diabetes Hands Foundation social media channels this month, as we celebrate his birthday and his big,…

Added by Emily Coles on March 7, 2013 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments

Registration Question Changes

Hi TuDiabetes friends,


Many of you have given us feedback that when you look at a person's profile you'd like to know who in their life has diabetes, and you can't tell because the profile question says "I or my loved-one".  So we've changed it!  That statement has been replaced…


Added by Emily Coles on February 27, 2013 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Divabetic Diabetes Roundtable Inspired by Sally Field

I think Mr. Divabetic does a great job of celebrating women with diabetes.  If you're not familiar with his monthly podcast, check out the latest one focused on inspiring women living with diabetes to feel beautiful. In this episode beauty experts and  diabetes educators, along with Julie Fruscio from…


Added by Emily Coles on February 15, 2013 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Want to lend a hand?

Hey TuDiabetes community!

Diabetes Hands Foundation (the parent organization to TuDiabetes) is looking for volunteers to join our Fundraising Grants Sub-Committee. If you are interested in helping us research and procure both foundation grants and government grants, please let us know by…


Added by Emily Coles on February 13, 2013 at 9:34am — 3 Comments

Spare a Rose, Save a Child

From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog:

Valentine’s Day is approaching. It’s the season for sending flowers and chocolates. What if this year, you bought one less rose and saved a child’s life with the money you saved? What if this year, you could tell the person you admire that you…


Added by Emily Coles on February 12, 2013 at 1:07pm — 1 Comment

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From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance

Diabetes Hands Foundation is incredibly honored to join the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, an organization with the drive and potential to affect a powerful, positive impact on diabetes and healthcare policy. Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is a 20-member coalition of leading professional Read on! →

Helmsley Charitable Trust Renews Support for DHF

HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, 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
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


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