Thank you for these 5 years, Andreina!

You may not know this, but for the past few months, we have been diligently preparing for the departure of Andreina from the staff of Diabetes Hands Foundation. She is my wife, my friend, the mother of my son, and someone who has taught me so muchin the 13 years since I know her, and in the 5+ years since we've been working together.

Today is her first day working full time on her own dream: to change the lives of people through her art work.

In 2007, she joined me in this journey to create a community for people touched by diabetes... first in English (you are on it), then in Spanish... then putting everything into this amazing nonprofit we now know as Diabetes Hands Foundation. The photo below shows us when we were barely starting up, in a pic by the Golden Gate bridge during a sunny day in the Bay Area.

We have grown in many ways since then…

Nearly 50,000 registered members now populate both communities (TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes) and almost one million people touched by diabetes visiti the two sites every year. More than 10,000 people have done the Big Blue Test since 2009; and close to half a million dollars have been granted to diabetes charities and members of our Diabetes Advocates program in connection with the Big Blue Test, and our Word In Your Hand and DHF Seeds programs.

Most importantly, above all the numbers… are the powerful stories and the creative ways in which all the people touched have expressed themselves and discovered that they are not alone.

As I ask all the members to please join me in thanking Andreina for her contributions as Creative Director (and truly wearing all hats possible in Diabetes Hands Foundation) I would like to share the output of one of the last projects Andreina took on within the foundation. Thanks to the 2011 capacity building grant from the Helmsley Trust, Andreina was able to get help external help to assist us in distilling our messaging: what it is that Diabetes Hands Foundation is about and why it matters.

One of the many results of this project are these lines that follow. These words, carefully woven together, now help us to tell the story of what’s possible when we talk to people about the importance of community, connection, and engagement, such as the one that we see here in the community every day. These words (and SO MANY other things in the foundation) would not be a reality were it not for Andreina…

We, at the Diabetes Hands Foundation believe no one touched by diabetes should ever feel alone, because together we become stronger and have the power to generate positive change in ourselves and our community.

Diabetes can be a very isolating disease, so we provide platforms where people with diabetes and their loved ones can connect and have an open dialog about their experiences with this chronic condition.

Instead of looking at the disease, Diabetes Hands Foundation seeks to understand, connect and energize the millions of people living with this condition.

From the bottom of my heart, with all my love, THANKS FOR ALL you have done to connect and energize people touched by diabetes around the world!

Wishing Andreina all the best in the future and many thanks.

Thank you Andre! I wish you great success as you follow your dream, and create more beautiful artwork. Your unique artistic sensibilities have made TuDiabetes a comforting and graceful place for those of us who consider it our home base. All the work you've done here make it a site we are all proud of, and eager to share with others. Hoping to see you again soon, it's always a delight to see you and Manny together, in person.

with great affection and abiding friendship,

Hi Andreina. We are all so thankful for your work and contributions on TuDiabetes. Best wishes for your future achieveing your own special dream.

Thank you! What a beautiful picture.

Thank you. What a gorgeous family you have.

Thank YOU all! Your words mean everything to me :) It has been a hard decision, and I will not go far. Thank you for the good wishes, I will need them ;P TuDiabetes is a wonderful creative and warm place, I look forward to all the great things will come up in the years to come. xoxo

Many thanks for your outstanding and creative work during the past 5+ years Andreina. It's exciting that you can now take the path of your dreams. Best wishes for much success. Lovely photo.

Thank you for all of your contributions these past 5 years. Best of luck in your future endeavors. We here at TuD all love you along with your family. Cat =^..^=

Thank you, Andreina. I hope that from time to time some piece of your art will still find its way into TuDiabetes or its publications. I am sure we will miss these little beacons of color you have created for us.

Thank you Andreina!!!!! Mucho LOVE to you!

Thank you all very much! :)
I want to share with you a blog post I wrote about my new path in life, and what it means to me. Thanks again for everything!

Thank you, Andreina for all that you have given us!

Andreina, you have been a very important part of the creation of tudiabetes and estudiabetes. You will be missed, but you will still be a part of it while doing your art work. Good luck to you as you move on to playing a different role!!

Thanks Andre!!! We wish you the best, but know that you will never be far from us!!!

Thanks Andreina for your committed support of not only your husband... but the thousands of others like me, who live with diabetes! I know that your dream of helping other people though the work of your “HeART” will be blessed in a special way not in spite of but because of the time you willingly shared to make TuDiabetes a reality!

Thanks Andreina,

You mean a lot for Manny and for all of us as will,
You will be missed, but your dreams are the best,
Go for it and leave us the rest,
You gonna be missed!

Thank you so much for all you have done. You will be missed here.

Andreina, Thank You so much for all the amazing work!! You will be missed. Wish you best for your next endeavor.

A Huge Thank You Andreina!! For all the work you have done,
Enjoy your new path. Art is freeing. Don't forget to stop by from time to time. =)