A few months ago, the editor-in-chief of Diabetic Living, Martha Miller Johnson, contacted me about seeing my diabetes greeting cards in USA Today. She wanted to feature them in an upcoming issue of Diabetic Living! Well, the issue is finally here and I couldn’t be happier with it. I think the picture they took with my cards is perfect (how cute is that pen holder?!). The quote they chose is perfect for the purpose behind the cards: I really do believe each of us deserves acknowledgement for the hard work we do!
One thing I purposefully did with the Congratulations on the A1C card was that I made no mention of a number. Not “Congrats on the 6%” or “Congrats on the baby range!” or even “Congrats on lowering the A1C.” Your A1C could be the exact same as last time, and I still think that’s deserving of recognition.
Now, you might be thinking, “Well I’m the one who has diabetes, so why would I buy these?” First of all, buy the magazine and show your significant other or parent with the words, “Isn’t this a great idea? Hint hint!” And second, buy these for your friends! I have had many orders this year from people who are buying the cards for a friend they know with diabetes who has been working diligently on their diabetes.
Lastly, we also have a line of cards for weight loss. Although it incorporates the Blue Circle in the design, the weight loss cards do not have to be for someone with diabetes and is losing weight. There is no mention of diabetes anywhere on the card. Since weight loss is a big part of type 2 diabetes, the diabetes community’s Blue Circle is incorporated in the card.
I know I always appreciate positive feedback and reinforcement, which psychologists say is more helpful than guilt or shaming. I’m a bit biased, but I do think these cards can do a world of good for someone’s self-esteem and motivation. It’s always nice for hard work to be recognized.
In addition, and this isn’t mentioned in the article, but we also have Thank You cards for Walks and Rides to Cure Diabetes. They are completely free of any named organization (in fact, they are blank on the inside) so they can be used for any event that you’ve raised money. If you have an upcoming Walk or Ride, I hope you will check them out.
You can view the whole line of cards at my Etsy store! And thank you in advance for your support!