Diabetes Late Nite
Diabetes Late Nite podcast guest, Dr. Beverly S. Adler aka”Dr. Bev”, shares this blog post on what’s she’s most thankful for during National Diabetes Awareness month:
As November is Diabetes Awareness Month and also the month we celebrate Thanksgiving, I am combining both by giving thanks for my diabetes. I have had type 1 diabetes for 39 years and am proud to say that I am complication-free.
First, I am thankful that my family was supportive of my needs when I was diagnosed in 1975. My mom (literally) stood by my side when I took those first shots of insulin. My dad took me to diabetes education classes. My brother congratulated me upon my diagnosis, explaining that he knew that I would always take care of my diabetes and myself. My family’s lessons of empowerment.
I am thankful to Canadian doctor Frederick Banting and American biomedical scientist Charles Best who co-discovered insulin in 1921. Since 2007, November 14th is celebrated as World Diabetes Day to honor the birthday of Dr. Banting. Led by the International Diabetes Federation, the day unites the global diabetes community to promote diabetes awareness and advocacy.
I am thankful for my wonderful diabetologist, Dr. Henry Dolger, who reassured me that I would be able to manage my diabetes throughout my life’s journeys, whether I was away at graduate school, traveling in Europe, or being pregnant. My doctor’s lesson of empowerment. I am thankful for all the technology which has developed in the last 39 years helping make my diabetes self-care easier and more accurate.
I am thankful to my publisher PESI HealthCare who supported my dream and published my two books: MY SWEET LIFE: Successful Women with Diabetes and MY SWEET LIFE: Successful Men with Diabetes. I am especially thankful to the contributing writers who shared their inspiring stories.
I am thankful for my friendship with Max “Mr. Divabetic” Szadek who understands the importance of diabetes advocacy and promotes the discussion of emotional issues related to living with diabetes via his website www.Divabetic.org. He frequently invites me to join his “Charlie’s Angels of Outreach” on his Diabetes LateNite podcast and allows me the opportunity to post my monthly blogs on his web site.
I am thankful for my involvement with Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization. One of the Lions’ missions is to aid the blind and visually impaired. To that goal, Lions sponsor fundraising events and local community activities to promote diabetes awareness and education. I am honored to serve with my fellow Lions on diabetes-related projects.
I am thankful to my colleague, Dr. Bill Polonsky, who welcomed me into the “small club” of diabetes psychologists. Also known by some as the “Father of Diabetes Psychology”, his early publications opened the door to treating the emotional issues of people living with diabetes.
I am thankful to my patients who share their most private thoughts and feelings and trust my advice to guide them along their life’s journey. I am also thankful to my patients who sometimes provide the inspiration behind my blogs and presentations.
I am thankful to my children for their support and encouragement of my professional pursuits. They are my greatest achievements!
Last, but not least, I am thankful for the blessing of having diabetes. Living with diabetes has taught me to appreciate my health and strive for a healthy lifestyle. Most of all, living with diabetes has provided me with the focus and passion for my career. My wish to my family, friends and followers at this time of giving thanks is for good health, peace and love along your personal journeys.
BUY NOW: ‘My Sweet Life: Successful Women with Diabetes’ by Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE http://www.amazon.com/My-Sweet-Life-Successful-Diabetes/dp/0984525491
Don’t Miss Diabetes Late Nite on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6-7 PM featuring Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE