A SMALL SAMPLE OF WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID AFTER EXPERIENCING BLOOD/SUGAR

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“As someone who’s lived with, battled, come to peace with, battled, and finally accepted a life with type one diabetes, Diana Wyenn’s show was like a bomb going off in my heart and my head. It’s a wonderful and artistic look at a bewildering disease. Blood/Sugar was like many things diabetes: funny, complicated, frightening, sad, and ultimately… rewarding.” —Jim Turner, Actor and Diabetes Advocate​

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“Diana, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your show (and support) broke through my denial and defiance and is helping to save my life. In three months time, I have dropped my A1C from 9 to 6.1; tri/cholesterol from 447 to 170; lost 18.3 lbs lost; and BP is now normal (It was dangerously high). These stats were directly motivated by your show.” —Audience Member w/ Type 2

 

“Diana's show accomplishes what no billboard or pamphlet ever could. Every healthcare provider working in cardiovascular disease treatment or prevention—or anyone wanting to improve our collective health—should see this show to begin to understand what it's like to live with a chronic illness and grasp that there is hope for change through our food choices.” —Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD, Chief Nutrition Officer at Nutrinic

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“A hurricane of a performance!” 

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“She's literally performing not only her own illness, but the disease itself, and it's breathtaking."

“I've been diabetic for over 23 years now, but I still struggle to express what it means or how it feels to loved ones and the rest of the community. Blood/Sugar is a statement to all of those living with diabetes that you are not alone and that this work of art can start a healing dialogue between you and everyone around you. I wish that everyone gets to experience this work at least once.” —Audience Member w/ Type 1

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“I just want to reiterate how much [Blood/Sugar] ‘spoke’ to me. I have had so much shame and fear about my disease, which started about eight years ago. I haven't even been calling it a disease until I saw this show!”

"A deep show with layers of insights, complexities, and contradictions. I've thought about it a lot and will continue to do so."​

“Thank you for an amazing performance. It has changed me! I see it all from a different perspective.   This morning already, my approach was different because of your life testimony. Thank you for having me. It was a great experience.” —Diabetes Educator

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“What I loved about [Blood/Sugar] was it perfectly expressed how I KNOW my patients feel but don’t always have the words to use to articulate it.” —Lauren Decker, Medtronic Diabetes Clinical Manager

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“Diana’s powerhouse educational memoir theater piece brings to light how this disease is deeply affecting millions of lives. Not only does she make the facts and data about diabetes digestible, her courage to tell her truth has now enabled me to ask questions about her disease that I was once uncomfortable to ask before. Everyone should seeBlood/Sugar.” —Jami Brandli, Humanitas Prize-winning playwright

​“Entertaining and educational, I laud Diana and the team for the amount of research they put into Blood/Sugar. It’s one of the best live performances that I have ever seen. Type 1 diabetes is not talked about enough. Blood/Sugar is a must-see!”

“A very inspiring performance, not to mention educational in the best possible way.” 




“As a type 2 diabetic, I received more info on diabetes from Diana Wyenn's Blood/Sugar than I have from any doctor I've seen in the 3 years since my diagnosis. I (finally) have more clarity now which is saying a lot because diabetes is truly confusing & overwhelming on many levels. It was healing for me to see that people of all sizes struggle with this illness.” —Audience Member w/ Type 2


“A smart, gripping show that truly leaves you thinking about what it is to have this particular chronic disease and about the very human struggle to cope/not cope/transcend/not transcend illness.” 



“It was so full of information, history, personal upset, and triumph mixed with great movement and Shakespeare. Oh, yeah!” 

“Blood/Sugar is a testament to the power of theatre to entertain, engage, educate, connect, and motivate an audience. Diana’s performance and presence capture you from the minute you walk into the theatre and leaves you with an empathetic understanding of what it’s like to walk through life with an invisible disability.”




“The show was awesome - not only did I learn a lot but found it tragic, funny, entertaining, infuriating, inspiring and empowering all at the same time - thank you for that gift.”


“My husband and I went to see Blood/Sugar when it was here in Los Angeles and we were amazed. Not just by the complex (and flawless!) multimedia presentation, but by the emotion and real experiences involved in having diabetes on a day to day basis. We really loved the question-and-answer period after the show. You are a special person to be able to open yourself up as you’ve done!” — Debbie Nemecek, RN and Certified Diabetes Educator 

“I've been diabetic for over 23 years now, but I still struggle to express what it means or how it feels to loved ones and the rest of the community. Blood/Sugar is a statement to all of those living with diabetes that you are not alone and that this work of art can start a healing dialogue between you and everyone around you. I wish that everyone gets to experience this work at least once.”  —Audience Member with Type 1

 

“Entertaining and educational, I laud Diana and the team for the amount of research they put into Blood/Sugar. It’s one of the best live performances that I have ever seen. Type 1 diabetes is not talked about enough. Blood/Sugar is a must-see!” 

 

“Blood/Sugar is a testament to the power of theatre to entertain, engage, educate, connect, and motivate an audience. Diana’s performance and presence captures you from the minute you walk into the theatre and leaves you with an empathetic understanding of what it’s like to walk through life with an invisible disability.”

 

“Thank you for an amazing performance. It has changed me! I see it all from a different perspective.  This morning already, my approach was different because of your life testimony. Thank you for having me. It was a great experience.”  — Diabetes Educator

 

“Life changing! I was enlightened, moved, and impressed! Such a creative, life affirming way to share such a painful experience. Audience members lined up [after the performance] to to thank her and share their own stories.”  — Bryn Fillers, teaching artist 

“Wyenn takes diabetes from the realm of the individual and draws connections to a collective reality we all must engage. For this reason, Blood/Sugar is the best piece of live theater I’ve ever seen about diabetes. For me, it answered the question: Why use theater to talk about living with diabetes? Wyenn uses the tools of the performing arts—light, sound, images, movement, poetry—to create a totally engaging experience for her audience that film, tv, or pamphlets cannot match. Her performance conveys the experience of a diabetic body, while also makes connections to broader concerns like healthcare justice, global warming, and what it means to inhabit a mortal body.” — Bianca C. Frazer, PhD

 

“I was blown away by Blood/Sugar and Diana’’s performance. Having lived with T1D for the past 35 years of my life — I had never seen anything like this — she really captures what it is like living with this disease for those of us that struggle with it every day to those that want a glimpse into our reality. I am grateful that she is giving life to our generally invisible disease and educating anyone lucky enough to experience this very meaningful work.” 

— Katrina Johnson, Living with Type 1 Diabetes


“Resonant, compelling, informative, and powerful. Blood/Sugar made me feel understood and showed me aspects of my own disease that I’ve never considered before. Diana Wyenn’s performance is raw and full of power and strength. She navigates the highly traumatic topic with ease and grace and has created a piece that is easily digestible yet unsettling and provocative at the same time. Blood/Sugar is a magnificent example of the intersection of art and science and represents and recognizes a highly misunderstood population. Blood/Sugar is a tour de force and is a must see for anyone who seeks to understand the complexities and nuances of not only T1D, but chronic illness in general; both diabetic community and mainstream audience members will feel the magnetic pull of this piece.” — Allie Marotta, Living with Type 1 Diabetes

 

Photos by Mae Koo & Cooper Bates
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