Diabetes Hands Foundation

Rating: 4.93 stars   107 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 1962 University Ave #1 Berkeley CA 94704 USA

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
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

4 people found this review helpful

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

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding so it can expand.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am 85 years old. A Navy veteran of WW@. I was told I was a Type 2 diabetic. Not me. No man in my family ever had diabetes. I went on my merry way addicted to SWEETS in complete denial. I moved to Florida. Found a new endo. Shocked..My A1C was 9.5. Put right on insulin. Somehow I found DHF. I met people got serious got involved and got my A1C to 5.9. I am on the Care Team helping others. I say all the time THANK GOD for DHF it saved my life. I use it daily.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a person living with a chronic condition, I've always looked for a way to foster a positive outlook and spread it as well. Diabetes Hands Foundation gave me the tools to do this as a volunteer and the impact in my personal life has been profound - I've been able to deepen and refocus my personal my relationship with type 1 diabetes and have been able to steer my career in a direction that aligns with my passions. The work that DHF does is crucial and relevant to everyone because almost everyone today is somehow touched by diabetes - whether it is personally living with diabetes, or seeing its impact on others and on our society. I'm proud to be able to help and grateful for everything I've learned from DHF and Big Blue Test!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I became a volunteer for the Diabetes Hands Foundation early this year and I am blown away by the amazing things that the DHF does not only for the diabetes community but also for its volunteers. They are a top notch non profit!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Hi Katrina. I'm the Diabetes Hands Foundation Head of Communities. Thanks so much for this lovely review, and for helping us out at AADE!

Rating: 5 stars  

DHF is truly an invaluable community of people helping people. Since the inception of the Internet one of its most valuable features is the ability to communicate , network with like minded people remotely. This is true since its beginning and its ever so true and valuable today. DHF permits a community of people whose life has been touched for ever, to stand up and reach out a helping hand to others. Mankind is extremely generous in its soul and helping other is a way of helping ourselves. As a doctor touched by diabetes what my own scientific mind found hard to accept the people from all over the world with simplicity and loving care got me on track again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Leading back to a more active lifestyle with permits better blood control

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I was diagnosed T2 at 57 (a gift from my father) and sent home with an enraging brochure full of smiling people that made me want to throw up. I just wanted to stay in bed and never eat again until my BS didn't matter anymore because I was dead. I struggled alone for 3 months until I found TuDiabetes and suddenly I began to figure it out----every newbie question answered promptly with compassion and exactitude and expertise and humor, too! I love how globally diverse the community is. How diverse we are in experience with this scourge. From newbies to those doing well after 60 years of living with it. I believe that the open-hearted, deeply loving approach to life of the founders has woven itself into every aspect of the site. And hey---when I joined 3 years ago, I didn't even know how to cut and paste--a regular old fogie on the computer. I have gotten to be a whiz at those things as a dividend---there's always an attitude of teaching whatever needs to be taught!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Well, how about an A1c of 4.9 on diet and exercise only! Couldn't have done it without the support of this community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Compassion. Non-judgemental support. Learning.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fantastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do more of exactly what it is doing!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

TuDiabetes, the social network of people that are affected by diabetes, either directly or indirectly, is a wonderful source of information, tips, and simply friendship and comfort for us diabetics. Diabetes is a situation where the availability of information makes a true difference in the quality of life. TuDiabetes has a clearly established leadership in helping people from all over the world deal with their situation on a daily basis, with the help of friends who have the exact same situation to deal with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sharing experiences and information, and helping others make up their mind based on my own knowledge of the topics discussed

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the openness of the many diabetics from the USA and the world in discussing their problems and suggesting ideas to others

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, open and knowledgeable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach above and beyond just the USA, and become a worldwide reference for dealing with diabetes

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

TuDiabetes provides a safe place for people who live with this overwhelming disease to find solace, comfort, support and education. There is nothing that can replace the feeling of being in a "room," virtually or physically. TuDiabetes is that "room" for people across the globe.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Connecting with other people who live with diabetes!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Thanks a lot for the feedback, Ginger!