Today is Diabetes Art Day! Did you know art can be a form of healing therapy and that you don’t have to be “good” at it to reap the benefits of it? Today, artists and non-artists make art about diabetes to express their feelings, make a statement, or just have fun. You can view the Diabetes Art Day Page and check out all the wonderful submissions here.
My sister Ana, who has type 1 diabetes, is a studio art major in her fourth year at James Madison University. She made this awesome piece:
I’ve been so busy lately training for peer mentoring and public speaking, nutrition studies, and listening to my kids finally talk (yayyy!!!) But there are some awesome diabetes and health related things going on that I really want to report.
Thankfully, my friend Stacey wrote a post encompassing all this news so please, please, go here and check out all the great initiatives going on!
And since today is Fabulous Friday and we focus on self-love, I just want to leave you with this quote:
“Wouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out.”
Over the past two years, I’m pretty sure I’ve thought about my diabetes more than I ever did when I was younger. As I’ve been learning more, I’ve also been getting more scared. However, I’ve heard and read about people with diabetes that inspire me and give me hope. In my piece for diabetes art day this year, I wanted to illustrate part of the silver lining in my own and many others’ situation. Sure it’s no fun sliding needles and tubes into our skin every day and having to count carbs and wait for the insulin to kick in, but for now it’s what keeps us alive and we should be thankful that we have fairly easy access to it. At the same time, we should continue to promote diabetes awareness in hopes that one day every person with diabetes will be able to receive the supplies he or she needs.
So smile because you woke up to another day of possibility. Don’t ever forget how strong you are, even when you mess up. For more inspiration, check out the Diabetes Art Day website and The Butter Compartment, the website of Lee Ann Thill, creator of diabetes art day. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created! Happy Diabetes Art Day! :]
Here’s what Sysy made: (she asks that you remember she is not an artist :)
It says “You deserve a halo, for jumping through hoops of fire”
And Sysy’s husband, Alex made this drawing from his perspective of things. To him, what we diabetics do day in and day out looks like…
Last year marked the first Diabetes Art Day-a seriously fun initiative started and lead by Lee Ann Thill. This September 1st the second Diabetes Art Day will take place. You can get all the details (because YOU can participate!) over at Diabetes Art Day.
Don’t forget to LIKE the facebook page to stay updated and informed. Let’s use art and creativity as a way of getting diabetes the attention it deserves!
This isn’t just for artists, it’s for everyone. Creativity is often a cathartic and impactful way of releasing a message about something. Try it and don’t feel that you’re not talented enough. Yours truly is not an artist but I’ll be happily participating anyway. Hopefully my type 1 sister Ana, who is at James Madison University studying art will grace this blog with her art once again.
Diabetes Art Day is today, September 1st, 2010. It was put together just weeks ago by artist therapist and diabetes blogger Lee Ann Thill. It is a way to create some excitement in the Diabetes Community and also attract attention towards our cause. The more attention we get, the more help we’ll receive. I am happy to play a small part in this :)
I thought it was fitting that my artist sister and fellow type 1 diabetic, Ana Morales, showcase something on The Girl’s Guide today.
About this piece, Ana says “I made this piece on one of those days when I felt a little upset about having diabetes and like it was holding me back from doing what I want. Doing something I love (painting and drawing) based on something so personal and often hard to deal with helped me overcome those bad feelings. I wanted to express that we diabetics aren’t alone when we feel afraid and sad about our situation. During those times we have to remember to remain positive and work hard to stay in control.”
Well said, sistah! If you want to see more of her art you can visit her art website: More Art Please