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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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.
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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!
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.
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.
Thanks a lot for the feedback, Ginger!
helping people with diabetes find community. Diabetes can be a lonely disease. I'm the only one in my family with diabetes. Testing, injecting, counting carbs, testing again - no one in my family or friends can really understand that. But ... there is a place where everyone gets it. On TuDiabetes, I can share my challenges and triumphs and learn from others and they can learn from me. It's where everybody know your game.
Thanks a lot for sharing your experience with TuDiabetes. We look forward to do more and help more people like yourself, khrt!
The Diabetes Hands Foundation is an awesome foundation for people who live with diabetes, family members and friends. I gained a lot of knowledge and friendships from the TuDiabetes.com community.
Thanks so much for your kind words and for ALL you have continued to do for DHF and the diabetic community at large, diabetic-iz-me!
My youngest child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 6. Nine years and four pumps later (longboarding is tough on pumps) he is a healthy and happy teenager who, on a daily basis, grows in his ability to independently manage his diabetes. Diabetes Hands Foundation has greatly contributed to his growth because of the support it offered me, his mother. Receiving advice and gaining perspective from other caregivers, DHF provided a community that kept this mother moving forward one day at a time.
This organization has allowed me to connect with others who have diabetes. This may not seem like a big deal, but it really is. Helping people with a condition, such as diabetes, connect with others allows someone like me to not feel so alone, so isolated. It also provides a lot of helpful information about diabetes management. I know I've learned more about diabetes and how to deal with certain situations from this organization than I have from all of my doctors and educators. This organization is a blessing to anyone touched by diabetes.
We are happy that DHF has helped you connect with others touched by diabetes! Thanks for your support and participation in our community.