When I chose diabetes as the focus of this edition I had no idea how convicted I would be about this topic. My mom had diabetes for more than 30 years. I watched her administer insulin and a series of other meds for many years. She struggled with her weight and other conditions that caused anxiety, sleep deprivation, nervousness and high blood pressure. My siblings and I were accustomed to mom administering a daily regimen of insulin. I guess we felt she was doing as well as she could be for her condition and age. In reflection I think we as a family should have talked more about diabetes to prevent it from happening to other family. Diabetes really takes a toll on the body, mind and spirit.
In this edition we introduce you to two wonderful people who have experienced diabetes in totally different ways. John Joyce and Rosie Lindsey talk about their diabetes journey. They are extraordinary people who have resolved to live life to the fullest. We also share what diabetes is, who is at risk of diabetes and prediabetes and the valuable role diabetes educators play in helping people maintain an optimum quality of life with diabetes.
Diabetes is a serious disease. The good news is that there are things you can do to take control of diabetes and prevent its complications.
With knowledge comes power. My mom passed in 2017 at the age of 92. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what makes life better and more rewarding—good people, good health and things that bring love, peace and hope.
Enjoy the summer, be safe, happy and healthy!