Friday, June 15, 2012

YOU CAN Have A Happy Birthday!

Today is a very important day in the Diabetes Online Community.

Today is the first birthday of the You Can Do This project!!!!
Kim first posted about the project and asked people to make videos on June 1st, 2011.  Go back and watch the original video- it'll make you smile. 

One year ago today, June 15th, 2011, was the first day people were invited to share their videos.  And Kim shared hers.

Most people don't realize how emotional and psychological diabetes is.  Yes, it's a physiological disease. My pancreas is broken and I have to take insulin to stay alive.  But diabetes is a part of your life every moment of every day.  And it can break your spirit and crush your soul.  Make you feel like you're the only one going through this.

But that is a lie.  You are NEVER alone.  None of us are.  And thanks to Kim and YCDT, there's a place where you can go 24/7 and actually see people's faces and listen to their voices telling their stories.  And their stories all say that you are not alone.

So thank you Kim, for starting this amazing project.  For putting in such long hours making it all work. The community needs this.  YCDT truly helps people.  It helps me.

Please take a moment today to thank Kim, and help us celebrate the first birthday of this amazing project.

You can support the You Can Do This Project by telling people about the project online and in person. You can also vote for YCDT (and other projects like World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange) to receive a Diabetes Hands Foundation Seeds Grant (LAST DAY TO VOTE), or donate to the project.  Anything at all you can do helps reach people.  I can't wait for YCDT's second birthday, so we can look back and celebrate how far the project has come!

Happy Birthday, You Can Do This Project!

Image courtesy of Elaine Ashton via Flickr

Disclaimer: I should probably disclose that I'm a member of the You Can Do This Project Advisory Team, which is a tremendous honor.  I love this project!


  1. Jess, thank you so much for all you've done to help YCDT... whether it was contributing your own video, helping me sift through all the contributions, spreading the word whenever possible, or responding to my incessant and paranoid emails/texts... you rock. :)

  2. that is an amazing bday cup/cake! :)