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World Diabetes Day 2015

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and today is World Diabetes Day. If you’ve been here before you know that diabetes is a huge part of my life and I’ve spent the last several years making work about it. Sometimes I make art to shed light on what it’s like to live with diabetes and sometimes I make art as a way of coping with the disease. Sometimes it’s both.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to explain how I feel when it comes to my diabetes. I am fortunate enough to have access to the medication, supplies, and care that I need, and I am capable of administering my own medication every day. I’ve achieved many of my goals, I’m at a healthy weight, I do most of the things I want to do, I have a supportive family, and I’m marrying someone who is willing to deal with and support me through all the things that suck about diabetes. And that’s just it. Living with diabetes sucks. My body seems to be getting more sensitive to pain as I get older. Sometimes my insulin doesn’t work. My fingertips are also more sensitive, especially my right pointer finger. Rubbing any slightly rough material is really uncomfortable. My feet are almost always cold. Sometimes I have to eat glucose tabletsĀ at the gym because I calculated something wrong. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and realize I woke up because my blood sugar level is plummeting and then I have to eat glucose tablets while I lay sweating in bed trying to stay awake until I feel better. I could go on (and on and on…).

I’m pretty good at staying positive and I’m thankful for that particular personality trait. Making art about diabetes has been such a rewarding creative outlet and I truly believe it changed my life. I continue to feel called to make this work and I hope I can do great things with it (I have plans!).

Anyway, I hope that you spend time this month (even just a few minutes!) learning about the various types of diabetes and what it means to live with this disease. Learn what the symptoms are and share this information with your loved ones. I was three years old when I was diagnosed and I couldn’t describe what I was feeling, but my dad was observant and noticed my symptoms. My oldest sister was diagnosed later the same year and she was able to describe what I was going through to my parents because she was going through the same things. Now that I’m older, I am now incredibly grateful for that.

There are many blogs and other resources that cover this topic. Here are some great websites and articles to get you started:

International Diabetes Federation

The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes

A Cartoonist Laughs at Diabetes, and Her Book Will Make You Laugh Too

T1 Diabetes is Complicated…Even for Doctors

Don’t Judge People with Type 2 Diabetes

In Praise of Diabetes Unawareness

Type 1 Diabetes Finally Explained

The Invisibility of Type 1 Diabetes

Thank you so much for reading. Stay tuned for a peek into the things I’ve been making this fall! xoxo

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World Diabetes Day 2014

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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

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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!

 

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National Diabetes Awareness Month

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Hey guys! If you’ve visited my site before, you probably know that I’m diabetic. For those of you who don’t, however, I’ll give you some background info. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was three years old, which means I’ve had it for almost 20 years. My older sister, Sysy, was diagnosed with it the same year at age 11. My brother, Alejandro, was also diagnosed with Type 1, but not until the summer of 2012 at age 27. My sister Sysy has become very involved in the diabetes online community over the last few years through her blog The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes and this is actually when I started making artwork about diabetes to kind of raise awareness in my own way.

I’m applying to grad school now and I’m using diabetes as the theme for my portfolio. I’ve been doing a lot of work recently creating new pieces and I’ll be doing a lot more work this month as my first application deadline is December 1st. Creating artwork based on diabetes has not only helped me emotionally, it has also taught me more about the disease and how it affects me physically and psychologically. I’ve been doing a lot of research in an attempt to approach this project from a variety of angles.

Anyway, November is the designated month for national diabetes awareness. I’m actually starting it off by thinking about my diabetes a whole lot. I say this because just yesterday I got a sensor called a CGMS (Continuous Glucose Monitoring System) inserted into my skin and it will be there until Monday.

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This sensor is going to be checking my glucose levels frequently throughout the day. While it’s doing that, I have to be really diligent about measuring my food portions, counting carbs, etc. and accurately recording everything. I’m doing this so that I have a better idea of how much insulin I need and at what times. Let’s hope this helps!

World Diabetes Day is coming up on November 14th. One really easy way of showing your support is by wearing blue! And remember, insulin is NOT a cure! As always, thank you for reading :]

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