Contest !!!

By sprink Latest Reply 2011-09-12 20:16:51 -0500
Started 2011-09-03 15:27:44 -0500

I'm requesting participation from diabetics, family and friends to help me design a logo for my shirts.

Since you are all diabetics or know a lot about the disease, I though it would great to ask the diabetic connect administration for approval to post this contest. With there approval I would like to challenge all to use their knowledge of this disease and make a fun and appealing logo.

Winner will be chosen by the board of directors and will receive $200.00.

So please submit your designs to APM, 1546 Savannah Road, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Please accompany designs with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Contrst begins now and ends October 15, 2011. Good Luck.

Tags: diabetes

39 replies

AuntieM234 2011-09-08 16:17:55 -0500 Report

I agree with James (Jayabee). I saw your post to our own Jralphs, about a week ago, requesting permission. I, too, wish to thank you for that. ;-) Mara

sprink 2011-09-08 17:16:07 -0500 Report

Thank you very much. I just want to do everything correctly. Having diabetes for 42 years has made my life interesting but yet challenging. Awareness of this terrible disease is my main goal.

I was pulled over by an officer who refused to help me after several requests. As my sugar continued to drop the officer would not call for medical assistance, unfortunately we got into an altercation, the next thing I remember was me in jail handcuffed to the wall. When I work up I was in the hospital with a blood sugar of 10.

I was wearing a bracelet and pump, but I was not searched. There was a medical card in my wallet, never to be opened.

Reason I was pulled over, because I did not have my seat belt on.

At the present time, I'm challenging the state for a diabetic license plate. I'm jumping through hoops, but I believe I will succeed.

Let me know what you think about my idea?

Thanks Jim

margokittycat 2011-09-12 17:35:20 -0500 Report

Jim the license plate idea is great. It really infuriates me that you were having a reaction, had a braclet and insulin pump on and the officer still treated you that way and did not even recagnize the signs of a diabetic reaction. I would be so pissed. That would be no different if you were driving and weaving because you were having on and they though you were drunk that is crazy. What infuriates me even more is the fact that you asked for help and got none. I am sorry but I would file the suit and let them pay dearly for it. They could have killed you, THANK GOD THEY DIDN'T. I think all law enforcement officers should have to take several training classes on different diseases and how people with those certain diseases may act when they are having problems. I have many law enforcement friends that I am now going to suggest this to so something like that doesn't happen around here. Good Luck and God Bless.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-09-08 21:09:02 -0500 Report

There should be a special license plate for diabetics in every state Jim!!! I appreciate what you are doing.

AuntieM234 2011-09-08 18:55:43 -0500 Report

Jim, I wish you success, if that's what you really want. I can understand, considering what you went through, but I wouldn't use one myself. Of course, being T2, I doubt I will ever go low enough to matter. The lowest I've ever been is 65. That was a long time ago, when I was taking both Metformin and Actos, say 2003.

The reason I wouldn't use one is the same as the reason I don't get a handicapped plate, which the Dr told me I qualify for if I want one. The reason is as long as I can walk, I will continue parking a distance away in the parking lot and walk in from there. It is painful to do so, but its good for me to get in all the exercise I can.

Since I don't have a problem with lows, there isn't any point in announcing my diabetes on the license plate of my car.

A T1 friend was having significant lows a few years ago and was afraid her Dr was going to report her. She told me that the Dr is obligated, by law, to report such to the DMV in the state where I live. I never checked it out, so I don't know whether its true.

SaraF 2011-09-08 18:48:36 -0500 Report

Hi Jim, I don't think it would help to have a diabetic license plate because people might say that its not really a disability. Last Sept. I was in Penn Station in NY and had to sit down becaise my BS was too low. Some one called the police and when they got there, they gave me some orange juice and called the hospital to come and check me out. My BS at the time was only 80 so they gave me fluids and some food and kept me over night. Some police are trained to know the signs of diabetes and some aren't. I think all police officers should be trained to notice signs of a diabetic in distress and what should be done. Good luck in your endeavor to get a diabetic license plate. I will keep you in my prayers.

sprink 2011-09-08 18:57:43 -0500 Report

My reasoning for this idea, to alert an officer or any individual behind my vehicle that the driver has a medical issue and additional services may be required. Once people are made aware of any given fact, their thought process kicks in and makes a person think before acting or reacting.

SaraF 2011-09-09 08:44:30 -0500 Report

I agree that it would alert other drivers, but I just don't think anyone really pays attention to license plates anymore. Just my opinion.

jayabee52 2011-09-08 17:34:38 -0500 Report

Jim, I really believe that the license plate idea may NOT be a good idea. It would just give the police who wanted to harass people one more excuse to pull you over, to single you out. Any little deviation from the normal could be used to harass you.

I would prefer that police go through manditory training regarding medical disabilities, disbetes being one of them. They should not allow an officer to REFUSE to help in getting you medical assistance.

sprink 2011-09-08 18:49:06 -0500 Report

As a college graduate, plus an additional 8 years of environmental studies, would agree I have the knowledge and experience to teach officers in diabetes. I offer my services for free, but was told NO.

I may still proceed with a lawsuit.

My wife is in the medical field, she was at the hospital when I was taken, not a pretty seen. She told the officers that it is there solo responsibility to recognize a situation when at hand.

The worst part was I was taken back to jail after the doctors told the officers I was a diabetic and placed back in the cell with handcuffs. Of course I hand no supplies or food.

We were told all officers go through the proper training to recognize these situations. I guess this troop, missed the entire class!!

Later that evening I witnessed a gentleman in his truck being tasered to death because the officers could not get him out of his truck. Come to find out he was a diabetic in shock!!!

Gemm 2011-09-09 15:42:00 -0500 Report

I agree. Go ahead with that law suit not just for yourself but for all the other diabetics in your area. My husband and I are both diabetic as are most of his family. We haven't had any dealings with our local police in a situation like this but this gives me reason to ask some questions about this when we next talk to some of our police friends. I agree too with the ones who have posted about ALL police everywhere needing to have training in recognizing health problems in drivers who they may have cause to deal with on a personal basis. To have officers actually taser someone even once because of a diabetic shock is horrid to think of but to do it to his death? I sure hope his family sues them over this - know I would if it were my husband or he would if is were me.

Type1Lou 2011-09-08 17:31:48 -0500 Report

The license plate idea is a good one, particularly if you're dealing with a moron like the one who stopped you. I hope you're wearing your seat belt now, though. I thought I had some serious lows when mine dip into the high 20's…WoW, your 10 is the lowest I've ever heard of…glad you are back with us and functioning.

sprink 2011-09-12 17:19:07 -0500 Report

After collecting 200 signatures, they want me to have 200 applications, each with $10.00. It never fails, once I get close, they add something else to make it difficult. The idea is for diabetics to use this license plate, not everybody. Like I asked them, "How will I find 200 diabetics from the state of Delaware." Unbelievable. I will not stop!!! I go on television September 25, 2011 for my cause. If the diabetic connect will allow, I will post it on the site. Go DIABETICS, WE ARE THE BEST, as one contest submitted WE ARE SWEAT!!!

sprink 2011-09-08 18:51:49 -0500 Report

The only reason I did not have my seat belt on was because I was getting in and out of my vehicle looking for help.

sprink 2011-09-06 18:13:07 -0500 Report

You can submit as many as you like. Good Luck Jim

margokittycat 2011-09-08 16:21:00 -0500 Report

I just got done doing 15 designs that I am sending to them tomorrow. I think they are all great. Here are some samples of the wording without Graffics. "November is National Diabetes Awareness Month FOR ME, IT'S ALSO Jan, Feb. Mar. Apr. May. June. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. and Dec." "Someone I Love Needs A Cure…Please Support diabetes Awareness" "Diabetes Awareness Support-Advocate-Cure" "Diabetics Ar Naturally Sweet" " Finding Daibetes A Cure PRICELESS" those are just a few of the things I came up with hope thy like them.

sprink 2011-09-12 17:10:32 -0500 Report

Received your designs, thank you, they look great. Good Luck, Jim

margokittycat 2011-09-12 17:22:10 -0500 Report

Thank you. Some of them I colored in th others Ijust sent how they printed when I used my graphics design on my computer. My ink was running out and my daughter used my last cartridge for hers, I hope it does not matter. What did you think of them?

sprink 2011-09-12 18:03:00 -0500 Report

They are all good, one really stands out. Something I would have never thought about. I do not want to give anything away, sorry to be so vague. I will say, I will be removing myself from the boards duties on this particular assignment. Reason being, I see all the drafts first and I communicate with everyone. I hope everyone can appreciate my professionalism. My true passion is to cure this disease. I do not want anyone living the life I endured. I am working so hard to leave my position at work, for this solo purpose.

sprink 2011-09-12 19:50:30 -0500 Report

Where are you and your family from? I like your pictures of the dog, I have two dogs. Chocolate lab and German short hair pointer. I do a lot of hunting. Jim

margokittycat 2011-09-12 20:16:51 -0500 Report

We live in Hooper Nebraska. We own a lot of farming ground and yes we farm. We have our own trucking company and do custom grain hauling, custom hay cutting and baling and raise cattle. Our dog is a blue healer lab mix and acts tough but is a baby.

gbdug13 2011-09-09 19:08:26 -0500 Report

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SAC Diabeties T-Shirt . Diabetes Awareness Support-Advocate-Cure"Came from your post ,I thought this could work. Use it if you like.T2

sprink 2011-09-12 17:11:43 -0500 Report

Please submit this idea, I can not do it for you. Allow yourself the opportunity to win $200.00 . Jim

margokittycat 2011-09-06 12:29:53 -0500 Report


jayabee52 2011-09-06 06:51:42 -0500 Report

Howdy Jim,
I just got your note on my wall telling me your checked with the Adninistration. Thank you for doing that!


James Baker

margokittycat 2011-09-05 18:57:56 -0500 Report

I have the same question as RAYT721. I would like more information on it first. I have good ideas for shirts, I use to make them for the diabetic camo I voulunteered at every summer but I do not like sending information to someone i have no info on.

RAYT721 2011-09-04 05:31:17 -0500 Report

I would appreciate knowing a little more about the organization you are representing before providing my contact information blindly to an unknown person or company. Call me crazy but I like being aware of privacy policies because I do not want to be on any more mailing lists than I am already on and that includes email. Please repost information once you have the support of the Diabetic Connect admin.

jayabee52 2011-09-03 16:21:39 -0500 Report

Howdy Jim
Perhaps before you posted this discussion you probably should have contacted Alliance health and talked it over with them. There is an email address to contact them in the "about diabetic connect" tab at the bottom of this page.

Probably you should do it anyway, before much time elapses.

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