Thursday, September 1, 2011

Diabetes Art Day - YOU are Our Sun

Thank you Lee Ann!

Diabetes affects people all over the world.
There isn't a continent that doesn't have a Type 1 person on it.
So, next time you feel alone, remember, you, by far, are not.

Diabetes can also bring gifts to this life. Unexpected gifts. 
Things you didn't see before, you see now.

Diabetes can color your world. 
It brings both sun and rain.
I know one thing that has brightened our world - the DOC.
You, all of you, change the way I think about each day.

DOC - this is for you. I hold you up, like all of you hold Grace and I up each and every day.
Have I said thank you lately?
Thank you.

As I made this, each time I inserted a used night-time test strip into the styrofoam ball, I started to say all of your names - all the people I know through the cyber-space DOC. I blessed each and every one of you - Kelly, Kerri, BSparl, Scott, George, Reyna, Joe, Hallie, SweetPea, Wendy, Sugar, Tracy, Steve, Lia, Conor, Delaney, Lily, Heather, Meri + 3 boys, Lorraine, Caleb, Lexi, Justice, Lee Ann, Karen, Wil, Hannah, Laura, Nate, Haley, Scott, Arden, Leighann, Q, Pam, Grace, Joanne, Elise, Jen, Addison, Nicole, Cara, Amy. Kim, Mike, Denise, Bean, Tracy, Matthew, Jules, Frank, Cherise....I could go on and on, and I did, through each push of the tiny test strip into the ball. 

And it hurt my fingers. And I kept going, cause my gal Grace keeps going every day. Grace created the 'flower' ball in the pictures above and as she did, she said her fingers hurt too. I reminded of what I tell her when things get rough 'Just do it.' And we did, together. 


Mike Hoskins said...

Absolutely love this, Penny! Of course, I was one of those kids back in the day who made a galaxy with our nine planets (yes, when Pluto was counted!!) for a science fair. What a great artsy idea here, and thank you so much for sharing a little sunshine with us today!

shannon said...

oh man, the art was awesome enough and then i got to your commentary and it made me a little emotional. my contribution this year has a similar theme. thanks to you and grace for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

Okay, I thought I was going to get through Diabetes Art Day without crying, but your description brought me to tears.

We are blessed by having you, too.

Heidi / D-Tales said...

Love it! Awesome contribution to Diabetes Art Day! :)

Alexis Nicole said...

I love you. And G. That's all :) ty!

The DL said...

wow! This is amazing and so special. Thank you for sharing!

Kim said...

This is so beautiful, and I'm with Leighann on the tears thing. Gah!

Jen said...

Awww sheesh..sweet Penny you brought tears to my eyes! I love your project...Big love to you!

Nicole said...

OK Penny, you had me in tears by the end of this post.

Amazing heart with amazing art!!

Thank You!!

Tracy1918 said...

Penny this is beautiful and you are beautiful. I'm so blessed to "know" you.

LaLa said...

I am bawling. Love you Penny!!

Rachael said...

That is beautiful..

Anonymous said...

Wow that is so amasing! I nearly cried reading thsi! I wish I hadn't miss diabetes art day=( you are very creative.