Grand Rapids - A new exhibit at the David Hunting YMCA is a stark reminder of what juvenile diabetics must endure every day.
Call it furniture with a message: a six foot tall chair made out of stainless steel and syringes.
Dana Mangnuson is the creator.
The 2,190 syringes represent the number of insulin shots she gets every year to stay alive.
"What you see when you see a juvenile diabetic, often just see a normal person, an everyday person and don't realize what is affecting," Mangnuson told WZZM 13, "the regimen you have to go through, the eating, the amount of insulin injections, the daily risk of complications, kidney disease, liver failure, heart disease, nerve damage, everything."
Of course, insulin does not cure diabetes, it only helps to control it.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.