First Person: You Can Do This

Through various forms of art, people describe and reflect on their experiences with health care. With over 60 You Can Do This videos collected so far, diabetic Kim Vlasnik of Texting My Pancreas uses YouTube to encourage and support people with diabetes. The goal of these user-recorded videos is to let diabetics know that they are not alone in their experiences. Kim says, “Living with diabetes is hard, no matter what type or for how long you’ve had it…Everyone with diabetes struggles at one time or another. Validation and community have the ability to lighten the emotional load that diabetes can place on us. That’s where this project comes in.”

From Prepared Patient Forum