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It doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing I can always spark a convo about diabetes. It’s cool to see people talk about diabetes. How diabetes affects them and their family. I’ve heard alot of great success stories. I’ve read alot of horror stories but recently I was able to hear Jane’s story from her sister. I have thought about Jane everday since last Saturday. I couldn’t shake her or get her off my mind. I know things happen for a reason… I decided to share Jane’s (fake name) story with you.

Jane is in her early 40’s. Not overweight, has Type 2 diabetes and it’s completely uncontrolled. She is on insulin. She just started watching whatching she eats a few months ago. Jane has severe diabetic neuropathy. It’s so severe that one day she went to get a pedicure done she didn’t realize her shoe fell off until she looked down at the ground. She cries every night because she is in so much pain from the neuropathy. Janes blood sugar readings hit over 500 any given day. Due to high blood sugar readings, she has been in and out of the hospital. Her body has a fruity odor and doesn’t have a clue about her diabetes. Jane’s doctor’s have pretty much given up on her. She is depressed about life and calls her sister telling her she wished God would take her life.

I wanted to cry but I couldn’t. I listened, responded and prayed! I prayed for Jane, her family and every single person who is living with Diabetes. I pray for our strength to continue to fight, educate and communicate our healthcare needs to the World.

Diabetes isn’t Cancer but it can take your life away in an instant if you let it. I know there are millions who didn’t have a chance to fight. There are millions who didn’t have the technology we have today but it has to get better. Let’s not let the World forget we have a pump, insulin and oral medication to keep us going—it’s a short term fix.
If we settle for the short term fix we will never reach the long term fix.

Diabetes is what it is but it will become what we make it.

Help “Us” by signing the petition at www.healtheFDA.com.

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Comment by Lois on January 27, 2009 at 10:39pm
Hi, Kiddo, it's me!

Stop making my cry. I could have been Jane in 2003. Did you read my profile that I revised fairly recently? It's scarey!! I can't tell you how much pain I'm in every day, you would think I was lying. I took a walk down the hall at a meeting today for a soda and when I got back (in horrid pain and tears in my eyes) everybody in that meeting dropped what they were talking about to ask me if I was OK and could they help me!! And neuropathy is only a part of things.

I just wish everyone could see that laughing off that extra donut (1 sm. plain is not too bad) is no laughing matter. It turns it's head like a snarky rattlesnake ... ready to devour you at a moment's notice. These horror stories DO happen. Read my profile and see. I didn't even waste the time to tell you of all the thoughts of suicide I had and all the tears I shed ... alone!

Take heed and stop Far**ng around. If you can, add as much exercise as you can tolerate. Don't wait until it's too late to do it because of physical handicaps. I cry. I am crying. I can't stop crying .... ever!

Lovingly,
Lois La Rose
Milwaukee, WI
Comment by Sohair Abdel-Rahman on January 27, 2009 at 11:28pm
Yes my dear Cherise,diabetes is a killing diseae and we started from this platform with all of you raising the alarm,talking diabetes every where.God help all.
Comment by Marie B on January 28, 2009 at 6:13am
I signed the petition. What is it going to take to get a cure. I am crying too.
Comment by ODESSA BROWN on April 25, 2009 at 8:51pm
HI LOIS,MY NAME IS ODESSA,AND I HATE WHAT DIABETES WILL DO TO ALL OF US IF WE LET IT.I HAVE NEUROPATHY BOTH LEGS,FEET AND HANDS,BACK,AND ALWAYS IN PAIN, UNTIL MY DOCTOR PUT ME ON NEURONTIN 1200MG A DAY,WHICH HAS HELPED A LOT.NEVER TOTAL FREE OF PAIN BUT IT HELPS.KEEPING MY BG WITHIN RANGE AND EATING RIGHT,EXERCISING WHEN I CAN ,IS THE KEY FOR ME.TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND GOD BLESS YOU

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