Friday, December 14, 2012

#GiveAllTheThings: Coffee And Poetry.

UPDATE: This contest is now closed! Congratulations to:

Lindy Hanson: This is a great giveaway! I love a hot cup of coffee and a good read. [Editor's note: I read this as a "hot read and a good cup of coffee". I might have been low.]

Write me at textingmypancreas (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing address, and I'll forward that onto Victoria!

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"I'm not sure it fits in line with stuff you have, but..."

It was an unexpected offer I received the morning of the first Give All The Things! giveaway, and I'm excited to share that PWD's generosity with you, now. (And to address that doubt, I think it fits perfectly.)

Products: A $50.00 Starbucks gift card, and a copy of the book Diabetes: An Emotional Journey by Renea Jo Zosel!

Made possible by: Victoria Cumbow / victoriacumbow.com

Why you want this: I don't need to explain why you want that gift card, right? So awesome!

And as for the book, here is why Victoria would like to give away a copy:
Last year, I traveled to Death Valley, Calif., to ride in a JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. It was one of the best experiences of my life. As with many D-meetups, I left the desert with many new friends, but few as special as Renea Zosel and her daughter, Elizabeth. Elizabeth has type 1 diabetes. Together, the mom and daughter duo rode 80 miles through the desert, raising thousands of dollars for type 1 diabetes research. Renea and her husband have four children, two of whom have type 1 diabetes. Elizabeth's brother, Jonathan, isn't old enough to ride in a JDRF event, but something tells me he will one day soon.

Several years ago, Renea compiled a book of poetry sharing her journey as a mother of a type 1 child. So many of us can relate to her feelings, and she put our emotions into words beautifully. This book is such a treasure to have, and I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much I have. As a bonus, Renea autographed this copy so it's extra special. You can purchase the book on Amazon, and $2 of the profits will go directly to JDRF to continue research toward finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. If you would like an autographed copy, you can email Renea directly at reneazosel@gmail.com. When purchased directly from her, $10 will go toward JDRF. 
 To enter today's giveaway: Comment on this post before 8:00pm CST tonight! No special rules, other than the fact that you or someone you love must have a compromised pancreas, and you have to sign your comment with your/a name (not just "anonymous"!). This post will be updated shortly after 8:00 with the name of the lucky winner, and this contest is open to U.S. addresses only.


For more information on what "Give All The Things" is about, visit the original post.

51 comments:

  1. I have found the emotional ups and downs to be the most difficult part of diabetes as a PWD. It would be interesting to read how it effects those caring for loved ones with diabetes.

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  2. Maybe I don't need to say anything special to enter the contest, but I'm going to at least give some props to Starbucks. They've surpassed Dunkin Donuts on my top-coffee chain -- they've got consistency, no matter what time or what store, its always the same. They've also got a nice ambience, perfectly suitable for blogging.

    As for diabetes, that sucks...but it gives books like this a much more valuable meaning.

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  3. This is awesome! Starbucks and poetry.. what more to love!?

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  4. Coffee and a good book...sounds like a reason to call in sick and stay home!

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  5. That's so sweet! I think most of us PWDs run on insulin AND coffee anyway.

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  6. I think this giveaway is my favorite. As a poet myself, and the daughter of a poet, I would love to give my Mom this book for Christmas.

    -Carrie S.

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  7. Thank you Victoria! I would love to read the favorite poetry of someone you got to meet while in Death Valley! (And there's no hiding my love of coffee!)

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  8. How sweet! Thanks, Victoria! This would be great...as the mom of a child with t1d I read as much as I can to learn how I can help her the most.

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  9. Would love to hear more about the story of this mom! I am T1 and also a mom of four. Thankfully none of my children have shown any signs of D but it's a fear always running in the back of mind. And of course, who doesn't love unrestricted money to spend at Starbucks?

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  10. Victoria is amazing! I hope to ride with her sometime, somewhere - not so sure about the Death Valley thing... :)

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    1. Come visit anytime and bring your bicycle with you! :)

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  11. For anyone wanting this book it is amazing. And Renea is even more awesome in person. Like Victoria, I met Renea and Elizabeth in DV this year as well. I too am a mother to a T1 and Renea and I have become great friends. Elizabeth is also a wonderful artist I might add. I can't say enough good things about the two of them and hope to meet the entire family one day. No need to add me to the list of people wanting the book - I have already bought 10 to give away as presents this year!
    Sarah

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  12. Amy Halvorson MillerDecember 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    I have not met Renea in person (yet), but have come to know her story through an online group of parents of T1D kids. My son's diagnosis was just this year. To be honest, even the thought of reading her poetry makes me feel emotional. We have done well and are blessed with good support, but we still grieve for that pancreas!
    Amy

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  13. So, this book would give me a reason to sit at Starbucks and actually enjoy my coffee instead of running out of there on my way to work? Kudos to Renea and Elizabeth, and thank you Victoria. The DOC is really awesome.

    Jason

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  14. Mmmmmm, Starbucks! AND beautiful Diabetes poetry. Both me and my partner have T1D. What a journey it's been.

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  15. I think this whole idea of giving away something is soooo great. I heard so many good things about this book...I am in desperate need of a good book but never really have time to stop and look for one! Do I have to say how great are my SOY CAPPUCINO at Starbucks? Happy holidays to you all and thank you for doing amazing things like this for us, the ones who are diabetics and the people who loves us!

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  16. WOW! Great give away! Sign me up :)

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  17. I would love to read a new book, especially after all the great comments about it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. Jacob had a 2 AM low of 47 this morning. I could use a cup of coffee and some inspirational reading right now!

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  19. I've always been beyond amazed at my mom's ability to take care of me from the time of my diagnosis at 18 months until now, 26 years later (even though her care is now long-distance). I'd love to read a story of things from "her side" of the diabetes fence, and be able to share it with her! Thanks for your giveaways and fantastic blog :)

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  20. My compromised pancreas and I have been reading along each day and waiting for just the right give-away to enter. This? THIS IS THE ONE!!! What a wonderful prize!!

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  21. I love coffee.

    I had a friend from Malaysia who told me once that I smelled like a combination of patchouli and coffee and that it made her homesick.

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  22. Roses are red, violets are blue, my poetic pancreas NEEDS coffee, so two things it may be addicted to...

    :)) - A Guy with a Lazy Pancreas

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  23. This is such a great giveaway!
    Why do I want this? Victoria ride in DV has inspired me to go for Death Valley next year and I if all goes well with my hand - I'm going for it!
    And secondly, but just as important - this book sounds awesome & inspirational!
    Thirdly - Starbucks? YES PLEASE.

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    1. K2 - you need to do the Nashville ride next year. It is new and it is the ride of the year. #justsayin And Renea may be there in person to meet. Of course so will Victoria!

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    2. Yes! What Sarah said! Nashville!

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  24. This is a great and generous giveaway. Seems right in line for what a diabetic might like! :-)

    Melanie

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  25. What an awesome giveaway! Hoping to win!!!

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  26. Totally cool! Sometimes a good cuppa and a good read are exactly what the doctor orders! :)

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  27. Another chance to win a book! Sign me up!

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  28. What an awesome giveaway; I would love to be able to read some of Renea's work with a tasty drink on the side :)

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  29. How inspirational! And what's better than a coffee mug to soothe the soul :)!

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  30. The book looks so wonderfully comforting. And coffee is always great!

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  31. COFFEE AND POETRY ARE MY TWO FAVORITE THINGS! Sorry for shouting, but coffee and poetry really excite me. My undergrad thesis was about poetry in medicine (I focused on emergency medicine), and me and my compromised pancreas would love to see more D-poetry in our lives!

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  32. This is a great giveaway! I love a hot cup of coffee and a good read.

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  33. Is there anything better than a great cup of coffee with a good book? Yes... to win it from an awesome giveaway!!

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  34. Sounds like a great prize! :)

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  35. COFFEEEEEE!!! This mama LOVES/LIVES ON/NEEEEDSSSS that coffee. And apparently some soothing poetry to calm me down ;)

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  36. This would be a great gift. Thanks for these give aways. Today was an especailly hard day for D - learned I have yet ANOTHER auto-immune disease. :( As if diabetes wasn't enough! Here's hoping I win.. !

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  37. This would be awesome to win-love coffee!

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  38. This would be an awesome win, hot cocoa and a good book to read? Sign me up! C:

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  39. Free coffee!!!!!????? Yes please. The book sounds good too.

    Jen

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  40. Starbucks.... And reading material, best giveaway ever!

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  41. Oooohhhhh... Never been to Starbucks! Gives me a reason to go! mmmmmm coffee.....
    -Caitlyn

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  42. I don't like coffee but my mom does. That gift card would make her so happy!

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