Who is your hero? Whether your Hero has diabetes, leukemia, cancer, or heart disease does not matter. What matters is the community we build to support each other and our loved ones facing their challenge. Leave your Hero’s name here so we can support and pray for him/her! Also, if you are interested, I will send you an E-Book on my findings of being a support person for individuals with health issues.
I received an e-mail the other day from the American Diabetes Association asking for my Diabetes Hero. Their definition of a “hero” contained the following criteria:
- Checks their blood glucose levels many times a day, without complaining;
- Knows the importance of fitness and makes it a part of their lifestyle;
- Plans meals ahead of time to ensure they’re staying on track and managing their diabetes efficiently;
- Keeps medical appointments and follows the caregiver’s advice, even when the advice is tough to hear;
- Accepts health setbacks with courage and dignity; and
- Tells their story to educate others about diabetes.
When I read the criteria, I wanted to cry. I wanted to cry because it reminds me that my diabetic hero faces this disease every day, every hour, every minute. She is a trooper; never complains, and goes above the adversity to lead a normal life. She is only 13 years old and is very mature for her age. She has a good head on her shoulders and her sense of humor grows each time I have a chance to spend time with her. Kirstin, YOU ARE MY HERO! I am making a contribution to the American Diabetes Association in your honor! My hope is that they find a cure soon!
Who is your Hero? Do you know someone facing adversity? Please respond! We can build a community of support!
If anyone else is interested in donating to the American Diabetes Association, go to their website www.diabetes.org/. Let’s work together to stop this disease.