The U.S. Grand Prize winners of the Inspired by Diabetes Creative
Expression Competition represent four categories: Adult with Diabetes,
Child with Diabetes, Family Member or Friend of someone with diabetes and
Health Care Professional.
-- Adult with Diabetes - Betsy Ray, Colorado
After managing diabetes for 43 years, Ray is working on a master's
degree in psychology to serve as a resource to newly-diagnosed children
with diabetes. Her motivation was born out of her desire to help others
see diabetes in a new light, beyond the often negative constructs of
the disease. Ray entered an essay called "The Journey."
"As I reflect upon challenges I have faced as a result of diabetes ...
I must also acknowledge the rewards," she wrote. "Diabetes has grown my
spirit in a way that no normal life ever could ... It is so far beyond
what I was told my life would be that I can only respond to the people
I meet by telling them 'Anything is possible. You are on a journey. How
you define it is up to you.'"
-- Child with Diabetes - Erin Tetreault, Idaho
Tetreault, 17, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9. Inspired by her
experiences at diabetes summer camp -- where she first learned about
the Inspired by Diabetes campaign -- Tetreault hopes that more young
people with diabetes can benefit from the emotional and educational
support that these specialty camps provide. Her painting,
"Self-Acceptance," depicts a young woman wearing an insulin pump.
"Four years ago I would have been too self-conscious to paint my bare
stomach with my pump proudly displayed," she wrote in her accompanying
narrative. But because of diabetes camp, "I've learned to be myself and
not worry if I'm different or not accepted."
|SOURCE Eli Lilly and Company|
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