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Living with Diabetes for 75 Years

An Inspiration To All Diabetics. Whether you have experience living with diabetes for only a few days, weeks, months, even years now, you might find this an interesting real-life inspirational story about an 83 year old woman from Cottonwood Falls.

At the age of 7, in 1930 Bonnie Jean Short started taking insulin. Her first She continues to this day taking her insulin injections diligently.

Bonnie was awarded her first metal by the Joslin Diabetes Foundation & the Diabetic Fund in 1981 for 50 years of haven taken insulin. Her next award was from the Kansas American Diabetes Association of Wichita in 1985. Her most recent gold award was from Eli Lily for living 75 years Successfully living with diabetes. Despite having diabetes, "You Can Live A Long & Healthy Life," Bonnie Jean Short.

Isn't that a truly inspiring story to help you when you are feeling down about your diabetes. Does this help any in the way you view your daily cravings for sugar's, junk food, etc. The good thing about diabetes is it makes you realize who should be in control you or your symptoms which you know only will snowball into a major illness such as high blood pressure or heart disease, kidney failure, what's left.

Sorry, I don't mean to sound morbid sometimes you have to be scared to take action. Meaning if you have ever seen first hand a diabetic with gangrene, that flesh eating rotting of the skin, not to mention that smell that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Now that's an incentive for living a healthy lifestyle.

A few positive steps forward to keep ahead of this disorder is to make certain you check your blood sugars daily. Most important before & after any food or drink. Daily water intake is very important & tea does not count as water consumption, even unsweetened tea. Exercise is a major role in your partnership of diabetes, think what will happen to your car if you leave it parked in the driveway without taking it for a daily or even a weekly drive or even just starting it up, which we know is not even close to exercising.

Life is just too easy now days since everything around us is button generated, too bad they don't make remotes for kids & spouses. With a push of a button you don't have to exert any energy, yes it's nice, fast & convenient but so is life. Do you want to live an easy Fat convenient life now. Maybe until your body starts talking back to you symptom wise with a possible heart attack at an early age. It may be harder to get around carrying all that excess weight that makes you feel like you need a constant nap.

There are many forms of exercise that your personality can be comfortable with. You don't have to run a mile, or lift heavy weights. Swimming is a good indoor exercise for this time of year. Most gyms & even the YMCA offer indoor pools.

Saying no I don't have the time or I'm not physically able to exercise is the easy way out. It is also the easiest way to let your unseen aliments & symptoms catch up with you later down the road which by then could be too late. Please take physical action now for your families sake if for not your own. Respecting your health is a positive benefit for your life.

Fonda Fletcher is a Type 1 Diabetic of 36 years. Currently on an Animas insulin pump, she knows how to take care of her Diabetes the natural way Without Drugs, or medications. With her green diet her life has changed physically & mentally. She keeps a positive attitude on life helping others.

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