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World Diabetes Day 2014

WDD collage

Today is World Diabetes Day. This month I spent some time talking to my art students (3rd-5th grade) about diabetes. It was great to start a dialogue with them about this, especially since only a handful knew what diabetes is. Every week, I give them a sketchbook prompt, so I asked them to spend that time drawing a picture or writing words of encouragement for people living with this disease, and they did an awesome job!

Today, spend a few minutes learning about diabetes, even if it’s just learning about what it is exactly or what the symptoms are. Then, make sure to share this information with your loved ones and friends. Wear blue or share info on social media and help spread the word. We need to raise awareness about diabetes, not just because research for a cure requires money, but also because so many people who have diabetes go undiagnosed. Know the signs!

Thank you to everyone who takes part in this fight to find a cure for diabetes. Every effort counts! <3


National Diabetes Awareness Month 2014

Today marks the beginning of National Diabetes Awareness Month, but more specifically, today is Type 1 Day. Back in 2011, JDRF designated the first day of National Diabetes Awareness Month as Type 1 Day in honor of the millions of people living with Type 1 Diabetes. I’ve had Type 1 for almost 21 years now, and as I’ve said before, it doesn’t get easier with time.

World Diabetes Day is coming up on November 14th and I would be so grateful if you showed your support. You can do this simply by wearing the color blue and sharing with people (through social media or word of mouth or whatever!) why you are wearing blue that day.

I just mailed an artwork donation to an organization called Boxes of Joy for Diabetics, which was created by a recently diagnosed young girl in Wisconsin. She discovered that art helped her cope with this difficult change and she decided to share that joy with other recently diagnosed children by sending them handmade cards. They are hosting an art exhibition on World Diabetes Day to raise awareness and celebrate and raise some money for Boxes of Joy. Check them out on Facebook by clicking HERE.

As an art student whose body of work is primarily about diabetes, I’ve been thinking about the d-word even more than usual. Through my own exploration as well as through conversations with my mentor and peers, I’ve learned to think about my disease in different ways. I have so many ideas for this work and I want to try to develop as many of those ideas as possible at this point. I’m looking forward to sharing new work on here as always, and I can’t wait to see what direction these explorations take me.

Please take a moment to play a part in raising awareness about diabetes and the importance of knowing the symptoms of diabetes. Your support is very much appreciated. Thank you!



New Work: Renewed


11″ x 14″

I actually created this piece for an art show, but I ran out of time and didn’t want to rush the process so I’m not participating in that particular show this year. It’s been a while since I painted any kind of plant life, so this was a nice change.

Renewed (detail 1) Renewed (detail 2)

Unfortunately I can’t identify this plant. I took the photo about a year ago in the JMU arboretum and I’m not sure how to figure out what the name of the plant is. If you happen to know or have an idea of the name, please send me a comment! :] Have a great weekend!


World Diabetes Day!


Hey everyone! So if you’re new to the site, November 14th is World Diabetes Day and that’s important to me because I’ve had Type I Diabetes for almost 20 years. One of the main reasons why diabetes awareness is so important is because so many people go undiagnosed due to their lack of knowledge about diabetes and it’s symptoms. It’s also really important because there are lots of diagnosed diabetics who don’t have access to the care they need to stay alive. Type I diabetics can’t survive without insulin. That doesn’t make insulin a cure.

The American Recall Center teamed up with several diabetes bloggers to create this awesome graphic:


If I could only tell you one thing that I wanted you to know about diabetes, it would be that even though I look like a healthy 23-year-old, I’m constantly battling a chronic disease that affects my whole body.

You can help raise awareness today by doing a few simple things:

  1. Wear blue–the color for diabetes awareness–and share your blue on your social media accounts. Get the word out that you’re wearing blue in an effort to raise diabetes awareness. Share some information about diabetes if you can.
  2. Take the Big Blue Test. You can do this if you have access to a blood glucose meter even if you’re not diabetic. The point is to show the positive impact of exercise on blood sugar levels. For every 10 submissions, The Diabetes Hands Foundation will grant $5 in support of people with diabetes in need around the world.
  3. Educate yourself–even if it’s just finding out what the symptoms or complications of diabetes are.

Now get out there and spread the word! :]