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No-Sugar Added Poetry Book Tells Diabetes Like It Is

Copies Available at 37th Annual American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) conference in San Antonio

No-Sugar Added Poetry, a breathtaking and beautiful new collection of 39 poems written by people touched by diabetes from around the world, has just been published by the Diabetes Hands Foundation. The collection provides profound insight into the challenges, hopes, and fears of those living with diabetes through the power of their poetry.

As Dr. Bill Polonsky, CEO of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, writes in the foreword, these poems “speak to the emotional effort of trying to figure out how to fit the uninvited guest of diabetes into life.”

When the Diabetes Hands Foundation held a poetry contest in 2009, more than a hundred people responded to the call. People with diabetes, parents and other loved ones, health care professionals and other members of the TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes social networks shared their poetry about how diabetes has touched their lives.

“We were humbled to read the submissions from the participants. It was very difficult to choose from so many beautiful poems,” said Manny Hernandez, president of the Diabetes Hands Foundation. “In the book, we describe through poetry the stages of life with diabetes—from diagnosis all the way to acceptance.”

Copies of No-Sugar Added Poetry are available at the Diabetes Hands Foundation booth (2175) Aug. 4-7 during the 37th annual American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) conference in San Antonio. The Diabetes Hands Foundation is also giving away copies of the book through a contest on Twitter until Friday, Aug. 6. Rules for the give-away can be found at

The Diabetes Hands Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people touched by diabetes and raising diabetes awareness, published this compilation with sponsorship provided by Roche Diabetes Care, makers of ACCU-CHEK® blood glucose meters, infusion pumps, lancing and data management systems. No-Sugar Added Poetry includes thirty-five lyric poems and four haiku about life with diabetes.

Besides helping people who read No-Sugar Added Poetry better understand the ramifications of life with this complicated chronic condition, the book reminds the reader of the cathartic power of poetic expression. Lee Ann Thill, a certified art therapist and diabetes patient since 1978 sums it up in the introduction: “From words, carefully chosen, purposefully arranged, emerges a shared experience and mutual understanding.”

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Book Details
Title: No-Sugar Added Poetry
By: multiple authors
Publisher: Diabetes Hands Foundation
Foreword: Dr. William H. Polonsky
Introduction: Lee Ann Thill
Publication date: July 2010
Price: $15
Number of pages: 112
Illustrations, design: Andreina Davila
ISBN: 978-0-578-05380-6

About Roche Diabetes Care
Roche Diabetes Care is a pioneer in the development of blood glucose monitoring systems and a global leader for diabetes management systems and services. For more than 30 years, Roche has been committed to helping people with diabetes live lives that are as normal and active as possible and has been helping healthcare professionals manage their patients’ condition in an optimal way. Today, the ACCU-CHEK portfolio offers people with diabetes and healthcare professionals innovative products, services and comprehensive solutions for convenient, efficient and effective diabetes management—from blood glucose monitoring through information management to insulin delivery. The ACCU-CHEK brand encompasses blood glucose meters, infusion pumps, lancing and data management systems.

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About Roche
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, virology, inflammation, metabolism and CNS. Roche is also the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, tissue-based cancer diagnostics and a pioneer in diabetes management. Roche’s personalized healthcare strategy aims at providing medicines and diagnostic tools that enable tangible improvements in the health, quality of life and survival of patients. In 2009, Roche had over 80,000 employees worldwide and invested almost 10 billion Swiss francs in R&D. The Group posted sales of 49.1 billion Swiss francs. Genentech, United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche has a majority stake in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan. For more information: or

About the Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF)
The Diabetes Hands Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to connecting people touched by diabetes (those with diabetes as well as their loved ones) and raising diabetes awareness.

Through its online communities ( in English, in Spanish) and its other social media channels, DHF offers support and information to nearly 200,000 people every month. Since 2008, DHF has developed pioneering diabetes awareness programs such as Word In Your Hand™, Drawing Diabetes, No-Sugar Added Poetry, Making Sense of Diabetes and The Big Blue Test.

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For further information, please contact:
Todd A. Siesky
Public Relations Manager
Roche Diabetes Care
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 521-3966