World Diabetes Day Blue CircleWelcome to the home of the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange, an initiative to connect people affected by diabetes from around the world with each other during the month of November in celebration of World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month. Participants in the Postcard Exchange send and receive handmade postcards with assigned Postcard Buddies. They create postcards using the blue circle, the international symbol of diabetes, in their design. The Postcard Exchange was created to promote healing through Creativity, Connection, and Activism.

Creativity: Being creative is not just for artists, performers and writers – it’s for everyone! When you live with diabetes, there are lots of opportunities to be creative, for example, meal planning, developing an exercise regimen, and responding to questions and comments about diabetes from others. Creating a postcard for the postcard exchange is a great way to stretch your creative muscle and reconsider the role that creativity plays in your life with diabetes. Making art promotes creative and physical energy, so it’s good for your mind, body and spirit.

Connection: Diabetes can be a lonely disease, and isolation can lead to loss of motivation. Staying connected to others with diabetes is a great way to keep motivated. There are wonderful online resources to help people with diabetes stay connected, but there is something magical about connecting with others through postcards and letters by participating in the Postcard Exchange. Having something to hold in your hands that someone carefully created and sent to you is a unique way to connect that serves as a reminder that you are never alone.

Activism: The Postcard Exchange allows people affected by diabetes to celebrate World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month together no matter what corner of the globe they call home. Sharing those postcards is not just a way to connect with people affected by diabetes, but it can be a tool for raising awareness outside the diabetes community when you share your experience and the postcards you made and received with friends and family, both offline and online. Imagine postcards with bright blue circles spinning around the globe, connecting us to each other and connecting the world to our shared experience of living with diabetes!

Online registration for 2013 is now closed. If you are interested in participating next year, you can learn more about how the project works. To stay updated, follow the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange on Facebook.