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Original mixed-media paintings at super affordable prices AND all the profits go to charity! Here’s why…

My six-year-old son was medically diagnosed in September 2012 with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at the age of two, an autoimmune disease that destroyed the insulin-producing part of his pancreas. Insulin is a hormone that helps move sugar, or glucose, into your body’s tissues for energy. Without it, sugar builds up in your blood and can reach dangerous levels. T1D can happen to both children and adults at any age and its cause has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. To avoid life-threatening complications, people with Type 1 Diabetes must take insulin for their entire lives. There currently is no cure.

T1D is a stressful disease to manage and my son’s blood sugar is rarely stable. As a parent of a young Type 1 Diabetic, I am continuously thinking…

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  • Born on August 28
  • Joined November 1, 2006

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acrylic paint, paper and fabric

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Jennifer Z. Roszell Art & Design for Charity

About

Original mixed-media paintings at super affordable prices AND all the profits go to charity! Here’s why…

My six-year-old son was medically diagnosed in September 2012 with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at the age of two, an autoimmune disease that destroyed the insulin-producing part of his pancreas. Insulin is a hormone that helps move sugar, or glucose, into your body’s tissues for energy. Without it, sugar builds up in your blood and can reach dangerous levels. T1D can happen to both children and adults at any age and its cause has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. To avoid life-threatening complications, people with Type 1 Diabetes must take insulin for their entire lives. There currently is no cure.

T1D is a stressful disease to manage and my son’s blood sugar is rarely stable. As a parent of a young Type 1 Diabetic, I am continuously thinking about monitoring his blood sugar, worrying about whether his blood sugar is too high or too low (both can be dangerous), and balancing his insulin doses (either injected through a needle or infused through a pump) with eating and his active lifestyle. Type 1 Diabetes does not sleep, and much like a parent with a newborn, neither do many parents of children with T1D. Blood sugar checks while my son sleeps (two to three times or more) are common and a part of our daily life now.

Most of my time over the past few years has been spent learning as much as possible about Type 1 Diabetes, managing my son’s diabetes and trying to be the best mom possible to BOTH of my children. (I also have a daughter who does not have T1D.) So needless to say that leaves little time for painting! Now that my son is in school for part of the day, my wish is to have more time to paint and give back to charity organizations that improve the quality of life and health for children, teens and their families affected by Type 1 Diabetes and global organizations funding T1D research. I donate my time and materials to create the art, and you can feel good knowing that 100% of the net purchase price is going to charity.

As you may notice, my Etsy shop has been open for many years, but never as a platform for charitable giving until now (2016)! I will be happy to post some receipts of my donations to charity after a couple paintings are sold.

I have studied fine art and design at the Massachusetts College of Art and U.C. Berkeley Extension. Today I am a freelance artist at my home studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. My artwork can be seen in various galleries, shops and homes across the U.S. and beyond.

My art has been featured on many websites/blogs in the last several years:

shine.yahoo.com, serendipityandspark.com, dkshopgirl.blogspot.com, everydaybeautiful.typepad.com, .ohdeedoh.com, lovelyclusters.blogspot.com, thecreativejar.com, thehaystackneedleonline.com, plasticityofhappiness.blogspot.com, rachaelrabbit.blogspot.com, nesting-instincts.blogspot.com, itsadatedesign.com and sanfranciscoissexy.com

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