Expressing life with diabetes through art

February 4, 2013 9:11:51 AM PST
Most days of the year, living with diabetes is an endless stream of medications and blood sugar checks. But once a year, they put their experience into images.

Today, the first Monday in February, is Diabetes Art Day.

Young and old, and their loved ones, are urged to break out the paint, pencils, camera and other tools to make expressions of what living with diabetes is like.

The goal is to raise awareness of the disease and how it affects life, and to demonstrate that people with diabetes shouldn't be defined by their ailment.

With or without art experience, anyone with diabetes is welcome to create and post their works online at

You won't need to go to a gallery to enjoy the creations, simply log onto to let your eyes stroll the 2013 collection, and to see art from past Diabetes Art Days.

Some of the images are uncomfortable or complex, demonstrating the range of emotions people with diabetes feel.

And there's a separate gallery for children.

Some use the art as therapy, too, to help them cope with the lifelong commitment theirdisease requires.