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Diabetes Art Day. Get your helping of diabetes stew.

It’s Diabetes Art Day once again! Founded by Lee Ann Thill in 2010, Diabetes Art Day is designed to help people affected by diabetes connect through creativity. It’s all about expressing how you feel about diabetes. Really, the thought-provoking art that has already been produced on this special day is nothing short of amazing. And it’s only going to get bigger from here.

I’m not going to kid you and tell you that I’m good at art, but I did create a little something this year. Honestly, I’m slightly embarrassed at this offering. But at least I tried. And I get it… it’s important to express yourself creatively sometimes, because it helps you tap into your feelings a little deeper than what goes on at the surface.

The idea of my photography piece is to leave an impression of the many things (drugs, infusion sets, reservoirs, pumps, CGMs, glucose tabs, insulin pens and pen needles, meters, lancets and lancing devices, and more) that are part of our lives Every.Single.Day.

As I was filling the pot with “ingredients”, I started to get a feeling of the overwhelmingness of it all. I mean, that’s a lot of baggage to carry around, so to speak. And that’s just the outward-facing part.

If you’re lucky enough to not be living with diabetes, you may not be aware of a lot of the things that are part of our lives all the time. If that’s the case, dig in and have a heaping helping of some Diabetes Stew.


If you’re living with or affected by diabetes, I encourage you to create something on this day. Once you do, upload your Diabetes Art Day project (which will undoubtedly be better than mine) here. You can also use Facebook and Twitter (hashtag: #DArtDay) to share your work, and you can share your work on any of the diabetes social networking sites like Diabetes Daily, dLife, and TuDiabetes.

I am definitely looking forward to what I’ll see on yet another fun and exciting Diabetes Art Day.

Diabetes Art Day, #StripSafely edition.

Today is an extra-special-important version of Diabetes Art Day! Thanks to Lee Ann Thill, today is a day for all of us to put our creative minds to use to help spread the word about the importance of meter and test strip accuracy.

The Strip Safely initiative has really taken off, and today’s D-Art Day is another chance for us to shout about the fact that meter and test strip accuracy is not nearly what it should be.

To find out more, visit the Strip Safely site at www.stripsafely.com.

You are encouraged to create your own art using test strips… upload your work of art HERE. You can also go there to view other special pieces of D-Art.

Without further ado, here’s my art, if you can call it that. I’m among the most art-challenged people on the planet, so I did a little photo thing that turned into kind of a public service announcement. Oh well. Here it is… And don’t forget to check out the other great works of art on Diabetes Art Day– Strip Safely edition.


How busy is YOUR weekend?

I know, I know… Super Bowl. Here are a few additional items to think about this weekend:

– Diabetes Art Day has moved, from the fall to this Monday, February 4. So gather all of your D-Art supplies and create something inspirational. Then post it on the Diabetes Art Day site at
Trust me… as long as I’m participating, you will never have to worry about creating the worst submission.

– Have you seen the premiere of the new NBC show Do No Harm? No? Cara over at Every Day, Every Hour, Every Minute did, and she found a host of diabetes-related inaccuracies and inconsistencies. She’s asking you to take a look for yourself, and if you feel the same way, and it bugs you, write about it. Or tweet about it. Or do whatever you can to smash those diabetes myths that seem to be all over this show’s first episode.

– Maureen and I are off to the Children With Diabetes Focus on Technology conference in Washington, D.C. this weekend. If you’re unable to attend, I’ll try to give you some of what I learn at the conference next week. To find out more, check out
Enjoy your weekend… Go #Ravens!

You might be interested in this.

There’s something I left out in Wednesday’s Like These Links post, and I want to include it here today. Plus a couple of extra things you might want to know about.

First, the thing I left out on Wednesday: Lee Ann Thill of The Butter Compartment has started a new project. If you’re a veteran of Diabetes Art Day, you know that Lee Ann has a special gift for inspiring people connected with diabetes to create art as therapy. I’m not particularly gifted (and that’s an understatement), but she even inspired me to do something this past year.

Anyway, Lee Ann’s new thing is related to her Doctoral studies, and it’s called VIAL Project (Voice – Insulin – Art – Life). According to the official website, “The purpose of this research is to explore the experience of having type 1 diabetes and food and body issues, and the experience of using arts-based expression on a social media platform.”

To get a detailed explanation of this very cool project from Lee Ann’s point of view, check out her post from earlier in the week: http://www.thebuttercompartment.com/?p=6863

To read more and sign up to participate, visit the VIAL Project website: http://vialproject.ning.com
Also, the International Diabetes Federation is sponsoring a giveaway of one of their “Show Your Outrage” T-shirts plus some extra blue circle swag. But hurry… the giveaway ends January 14. It’s easy to enter.
Just go to: http://www.idf.org//international-diabetes-federation-giveaway-0

Consider your message shared, IDF.
Finally, if you’re close to Washington, D.C. the first weekend in February, you’ll have the opportunity to attend the Children With Diabetes Focus on Technology Conference in Arlington, Virginia, right across the Potomac river from our nation’s capital. Tom Karlya will be there. And I just found out that Kerri Sparling and Scott Johnson will be there too. Okay, now I’m kinda jazzed about going. There will be lots of talk about diabetes and technology, and a closing keynote from Sebastien Sasseville, Team Type 1 athlete and the first Canadian with Type 1 diabetes to summit Mount Everest. The Great Spousal Unit needs to hear from this guy that I can do anything I set my mind to.
To find out more, register for the conference, and even book your hotel, start here: www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/activities/DC2013/
Enjoy your weekend!

Diabetes Art Day. Picture of a Pancreas.

Picture of a Pancreas
Photo courtesy of The Great Spousal Unit

September 24, 2012 is Diabetes Art Day.

For 21 years, my internal pancreas has been inoperable. So I have to use the external resources I have at my disposal to, in effect, become my pancreas for me.

Today, that means using my pump, my meter, and my brain. Hence the idea for this photo.

Do you want to participate in Diabetes Art Day? Find out more at www.diabetesartday.com

View the 2012 gallery at www.diabetesartday.com/2012-gallery/

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