Word in Your Hand REVISITED

This diabetes awareness video pictures the hands of people with diabetes and the word that comes to mind when thinking of the disease. Why hands you might ask? Because hands are what you use to reach out. Hands are what you use to hold on. And hands are what you use to test your blood glucose—several times each day.

 

Word In Your Hand: A World Diabetes Day project from Tu Diabetes on Vimeo.

A couple of years ago the folks at Tu Diabetes put out the call for photos to make a video to increase awareness. They asked people with diabetes to write a word on their hand. The word reflected what that person thought of when they thought of diabetes.

Why hands you might ask? Because hands are what you use to reach out. Hands are what you use to hold on. And hands are what you use to test your blood glucose—several times each day.

Words like “endless,” “complicated,” “tired” and “weak” reflect the frustration and discouragement of dealing with a chronic illness. But words like “cure,” “esperanza (hope),” and “balance” reflect a coping outlook.

What word would you write on your hand?

No Cure for Diabetes: What that DOESN’T mean

Last week I had a bit of a rant about there is no cure for diabetes…

Just because there isn’t a cure (yet) doesn’t mean it’s time to curl up and get ready to die a horrible death.

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Last week I had a bit of a rant about there is no cure for diabetes…

Just because there isn’t a cure (yet) doesn’t mean it’s time to curl up and get ready to die a horrible death.

Sure, managing diabetes is uncertain.

People with diabetes experience sugar highs despite their best efforts. People with diabetes experience sugar lows despite their best efforts. People with diabetes develop complications despite their best efforts.

Life is uncertain.

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No Cure for Diabetes: What that means…

Diabetes is complex and not completely understood. There is no cure.

 
 

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Kerri Morrone Sparling of Six Until Me wrote that there is no cure for diabetes in today’s BlogHer. All I have to say is hear, hear.

Diabetes is a medical condition. You can call it a disease if you want to. And there is no cure.

The causes of diabetes are complex and not completely understood. And there is no cure.

Diabetes is not a moral judgement of people’s lifestyle. You cannot give yourself diabetes. And there is no cure.

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