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Nonprofit Overview

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

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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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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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 :)

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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!

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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.

3 Ellen N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the TuDiabetes Website for many years. It is run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation. I have had Type 1 insulin dependent diabetes and several other chronic disorders for over 25 years. I happened upon the site and found an amazing group of people with diabetes. I learned up to date information on how to care for myself the absolute best way possible. There are so many people involved in the site of all nationalities and ages, people with type 1 and type 2, pump users, people on injections and people on pills.
The environment is fun, exciting, interesting and friendly. I am always learning new ways of caring for myself and the emotional support is really astounding. I have made lifelong friends there. People get so connected that they actually end up meeting face to face.
There are fun parts to the site too, a forum, blogs, and you get your own page, and email option. They have a design studio for decorating and personalizing your own page. There are meet ups, fundraisers and gatherings. There is a live 24 hour chat.
The best thing is that people that actually live day to day with diabetes have become experts at caring for the disease are happy to share their knowledge. I have never been more impressed with any group and to tell the truth, I have learned more about studies, insulin, dosing, diet and exercise and balancing all of these Online at this site than I have ever learned from a professional. It is an invaluable part of my life. It is a site that truly saves lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first discovered DHF when is started to look to social media as a place to connect with other people with diabetes. In addition to others with diabetes, I wanted to connect with a diabetes organizations to take advantage of their resources. There were many diabetes organizations, but dhf offered both things I was looking for - a place to meet others and an organization that offered many resources. The top brass of dhf don't sit behind a virtual desk all day; their execs and advisory board are made up of people who are in the diabetes online community every day and helping people in every way. You can talk to them one on one and they support you as an individual. Their BiG Blue Test event raises much needed money to buy supplies for people all over the world who have diabetes. IMHO they epitomize diabetes advocacy and everyone with diabetes benefits from their never ending efforts and important mission. Brad S. a person with Type 1 diabetes

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Diabetes Hands Foundation provides an invaluable service to those with diabetes, as well as their friends and families. When someone is feeling lost and alone in the sea of diabetes, Diabetes Hands Foundation is there to toss out a lifeline. Thanks to DHF, no one ever has to be alone with diabetes again.

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emily210 09/26/2012

Thanks so much for this very positive review, SStanton. I'm the Head of Communities for Diabetes Hands Foundation (which means I run the TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes websites) and it truly warms my heart to hear that we are successfully achieving our mission to connect people with diabetes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am bothered by the activism of this site toward one fringe diet. It actively advocates ultra low-carbohydrate eating, in line with Atkins, Weston Price, Bernstein, etc. It is also, therefore, anti-American Diabetes Association. This activism extends beyond the many volunteer posts that are made - in fact some of the site administrators as well as the co-founder of this site join in the ultra low-carb, anti-ADA, activism. I would not raise my rating of this foundation until they learn that there is more than one diet that works for diabetics.

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emily210 07/23/2012

My name is Emily Coles, and I'm the Program Manager for Diabetes Hands Foundation. As such, I manage the TuDiabetes website, and oversee our volunteer administrators. Diabetes Hands Foundation is dedicated to the education, connection and empowerment of people touched by diabetes. We strive to support the members of our social networking site, TuDiabetes.org, in sharing the full range of information, experience and opinion that exists in our diverse community. Of their own volition, members have created a variety of groups specifically for people who find particular dietary guidelines, exercise regimens, treatments etc. to be helpful in their health management, and we are proud to provide members a place to connect around what works for them. While we do discourage the sharing of perspectives which are considered dangerous by the medical community--such as an opinion that people with type 1 diabetes do not need to take insulin--neither the staff of DHF nor our volunteer administrators espouse any specific diet or treatment regimen.

Rynita S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am grateful for this organization for having TuDiabetes. It has helped me so much understand the many dynamics of T1 diabetes through open discussions and blogs from other diabetics. Before I joined I had 5 years of frustration and misdiagnoses from doctors. I have learner how to get a lower A1c, true side effects of Mersey and how to avoid lows while excercising. I don't feel alone anymore and I am grateful for that :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just came across this website and I have to say I am so happy to see that there are sites like this out there. My sister died at a young age due to complications of diabetes. There weren’t sites like this when she was alive. I believe it would’ve made such a difference in the quality of her life to be able to be part of a community that allowed her to comfortably be a diabetic. Now that I’ve found it I must volunteer!

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AskManny 02/14/2011

Thanks so much for sharing the story about your sister (we are really sorry to hear she's no longer with us) and thanks for your thoughts about TuDiabetes! You can contact us through the Volunteer Form on the DHF web site: http://tud4.us/dl8p96