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Causes: Health, Public & Societal Benefit, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: We connect, engage, and empower people touched by diabetes.

Results: We believe no one touched by diabetes should ever feel alone, because together we become stronger and have the power to generate positive change in ourselves and our community. We provide platforms where people with diabetes and their loved ones can connect and have an open dialog about their experiences with this chronic condition. Instead of looking at the disease, Diabetes Hands Foundation seeks to understand, connect and energize the millions of people living with this condition.

Target demographics: People touched by diabetes: those WITH diabetes as well as their loved ones, in the US and all over the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Every year, more than 2 million people receive support and information about life with diabetes through our work.

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: TuDiabetes.org (in English), EsTuDiabetes.org (in Spanish); Big Blue Test; Diabetes Advocates

Community Stories

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Mike52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with the Diabetes Hands Foundation since 2009. I've participated in their excellent Big Blue Test Event, participated in the TuAnalyze project and participted in 5681 discussions at TuDiabetes.org (acidrock23....). Diabetes is a unique disease in that people with diabetes are obligated to beceme their own doctors in order to treat the disease successfully. I have explored online research, both through diabetes and through fantasy baseball and I am certain that a message board, offering conversation as well as checks and balances, is the best way to find answers quickly. Diabetes Hands foundation is clearly an organization committed to being more than a message board by finding innovative and participatory methods to harness the vast amount of data accumulated by people with diabetes in informative events members are able to participate in. Please consider them strongly for your recognition. S

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emily210 Hey acidrock23! This is Emily Coles, the TuDiabetes Head of Communities (formerly called the Program Manager). Thanks so much for this very thorough and thoughtful review, AND for all your great participation in the community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have only been using the tudiabetes site for a few months now, but it is fabulous! As a diabetic for 11 years, sometimes there are frustrations that only other diabetics can understand. Having this site and their forums available to read, search, and share has made a difference in how I am able to manage my day-to-day health. The Diabetes Hands Foundation enables the help that we need, and I am grateful for them being there.

1 marie.bern

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of TuDiabetes over five years now, and it continues to be an important part of my life. We now have a chat room open 24/7, where we can have fun and talk, but if someone comes in with a problem, it can quickly turn on a dime into helping and supporting the one in need. We have regular live interviews and events (usually on Thursday afternoons) on a variety of topics, including the latest research, cooking demos, tips for dealing with the emotional side of diabetes, comedians, and medical providers. We strive for friendly, respectful interactions, and we value our wide diversity of our members from all over the world. Recently there was an orthodox Jewish member sharing how he deals with fasting to a Muslim member, recently diagnosed, who was experiencing his first Ramadan as a diabetic. We stood by with words of encouragement as a type2 member overcame his fear to take his very first insulin injection. We kept track of a type1 member, cycling the entire 1100 mile length of England, fundraising for JDRF. Just so many fascinating, helpful, friendly folks!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DHF has become the first place I go to for sound advice on diabetes, the latest news and product reviews, and a solid place for support and friendship. I'm very proud to be a volunteer there.

2 Barbara102

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TuDiabetes literally saved my life, my health. The information I got on day-to-day management of T1 diabetes that's available here is priceless, and unique. Finding a place where I don't have to explain diabetes, explain the emotional ups and down, explain how tiring it can be to manage, is a gift.

I've had the privilege of watching people join the community who were in dire straits - and got the information and support they needed to gain control of their diabetes, rather than letting their diabetes control them. It's a pleasure and privilege to volunteer for an organization that provides so much for so many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diabetes Hands Foundation is a grassroots organization, run by diabetics, for diabetics. Their programs provide understanding and assistance to an international community with diverse needs. Their websites - TuDiabetes.org and estudiabetes.org - each have around 25,000 members, more a family than a community. It's a safe place to go to get help, give help, or just be with others who 'get' what it's like to live with diabetes 24/7/365. 25,000 people means a LOT of experience. I've learned more about diabetes from the TuDiabetes community than I have from any medical professional.

1 rphil2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization. This is the most caring group of individuals I have ever encountered in relation to Diabetes. Upon entry volunteers greet you and direct you to the places most likely to be of interest. They let you ask questions and they care for you if you have an issue.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I find the Diabetes Hands Foundation to be an incredible resource for people with diabetes and their caregivers. It is a pleasure to be associated with the organization. For 33 years I was the only type 1 diabetic I interacted with daily. With DHF I am no longer an island facing the disease by my self. I am honored to be part of the organization.

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1 collyblom

Client Served

Rating: 5

TuDiabetes is a place where I feel normal and understood. The emotional support it provides is so vital. It's amazing to connect with other people who are walking the same path and motivates and encourages me to manage my health proactively. I've also learnt a HUGE amount about diabetes and feel far better qualified to make well-informed decisions about my health that will ensure that I have a happy future, free from diabetic complications.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TuDiabetes is the first place I've found that made me feel understood and normal as a diabetic. The empathy and camaraderie I've found is invaluable to me and encourages me daily in my management of diabetes. The collective wisdom and knowledge I've found is incredible. I'd recommend that any diabetic use it.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DHF is an excellent resource for diabetics old and new. The experience and support from the members is fantastic. The site is user friendly. The resources and links are excellent. And I just like the folks there. 5 stars for TuD :)

3 Eric42

Client Served

Rating: 5

Encouraging, always helpful, I can rely on both staff and other community members to get dependable and accurate information.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Diabetes was a very solitary disease until I found TuDiabetes. I am a librarian who is very cautious about information on the internet. TuDiabetes.org, sponsored by the Diabetes Hands Foundation, has given me a new outlook. I am still very cautious, but TuDiabetes has served a population and personal patient needs that make a huge difference in the quality of life of the diabetic patient. I have found other T1 patients who have experienced the same misdiagnosis that I did. I have obtained information about research studies looking for patient volunteers and participated in 2012 and 2013. I found Insulin for Life, an organizaiton that accepts donations of diabetes supplies. I will be donating supplies this week. Simple problems ( ie Where do you put an insulin pump on a Mother of the Bride dress?) can be answered by experienced "pumpers" on TuDiabetes. Problem solved.
I have shared the TuDiabetes website with anyone who might be interested, such as an emergency room doctor in Alaska, a radiologist in Nebraska, a dentist and family members of other T1 patients. I have shared the Big Blue Test with a nurse educator who works in Haiti and college physical education teachers in NY. I have participated in the Big Blue Test for 2 years, read books recommended by the other TuDiabetes members, and participated in the webinars with diabetes experts. I am very encouraged to see diabetes patients on the website who have managed their blood glucose for decades. The TuBiabetes members and the staff of the Diabetes Hands Foundation have offered support in ways that my family and friends cannot. I have also made contributions to the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with T1 diabetes 16 years ago. Since then I've managed to control the situation ok but not enough for my standards. Also sometimes felt my diabetes was controlling my life and not the other way around.

This last period turned out GREAT! I've read many books and articles. Finally, while looking for some people struggling with the same condition I found this great community. Can't say how much this is helping me out!

It's like a group of soldiers preparing each day to face obstacles and difficulties, together.
Each and every person I've had the pleasure to meet was kind and open to discuss my issues.

Furthermore, I've got the possibility to give back the community and feel useful and share smiles with my Dmates!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic about 2 years ago. Found TuDiabetes and found a wealth of information in one place. The volunteers and community is top notch. Have been having much better control of type 1 since joining.