As a new member of the tudiabetes family, I'd like to thank you for making me feel welcomed. This was a pleasant surprise. I can honestly say that I wasn't expecting the type of reception I received.

January 2nd will be the 12th anniversary of me being released from the hospital, after spending 8 days in there.

One of my earliest post-diagnosis memories is of me sitting on my bed all alone and starring out of my window at the leafless trees. I felt vulnerable. I felt alone. Unfortunately, the profound loneliness I felt on that day would stay with me.

Back then, I would have died for a place like tudiabetes! I am grateful that such a place exists now. Due to my own experiences, I'm convinced that we're touching many lives - or, at the very least, making the burden of living with diabetes lighter.

In conclusion, I'd like to thank Manny Hernandez for having the vision & volition to create such a friendly community; the staff and volunteers who make sure this site runs smoothly; and, last but least, all of YOU, who each contribute to the welcoming atmosphere of tudiabetes.

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Comment by shoshana27 on December 28, 2013 at 1:23am

when you do something for others you feel better yourself
we are all helping each other
& always will

Comment by jrtpup on December 28, 2013 at 5:04am

James, I'm so glad you found us! Great to have you as a member of the TuD family ;)

Comment by Marie B on December 28, 2013 at 5:36am

Thank YOU James, welcome to the community. I feel the same way.

Comment by marty1492 on December 28, 2013 at 6:31am

Hi James,

Thanks for describing your thoughts and feelings about your own life so well. And thanks for expressing so clearly the appreciate that is felt by this community for Manny and the wonderful staff here who make this haven possible for so many!

Best wishes,


Comment by marty1492 on December 28, 2013 at 6:33am

Sorry! Sometimes I don't find the button to go back fix a typing mistake!

Comment by Doris D on December 28, 2013 at 9:07am

James we would like to thank u for becoming a member here. U will never be alone again!!! we here anytime u want to talk!

Comment by Manny Hernandez on December 28, 2013 at 10:11am

YAY!!! I am so happy to read this, James!!! WELCOME, man!!

Comment by SEAGATOR on December 28, 2013 at 11:43am

James it was my pleasure to Welcome you and tell you all the good things you will find here. This site as I have said before saved my life and I am happy I found it, It will bring blessings to you too. Reed

Comment by Stoner on December 28, 2013 at 2:44pm
Sorry you have to join our community, but really glad you found us. It is so nice to chat with people who really get it, and ask for advice if needed. It is truly a wonderful place!
Comment by shoshana27 on December 29, 2013 at 6:58am

hi james, i did not give up, i read all your blogs & enjoyed them all very much. you are a wonderful writer. i wish you all the best.
t1 77 years.


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