Diabetes has impacted my family, friends and fans, and I know that November is an important time for the community, as it marks American Diabetes Month®. November is also a time to come together with our loved ones and give thanks. So, I’d like to thank all those who’ve participated in America’s Diabetes Challenge over the years – I’m so impressed by the progress you’ve made and your dedication to managing this disease.
Whether you live with type 2 diabetes or know someone who does, it can bring many challenges along the way. For the past two years, we’ve encouraged people to share their type 2 diabetes stories – both struggles and successes – and the response has been overwhelming.
We heard from so many patients and caregivers across the country: from JoAnne in Maryland – who sometimes struggles to cope with her diabetes and control her blood sugar levels – to Norma in Ohio – who tries to be a supportive caregiver by exercising with her husband. Through these stories, we found that while people struggle with different aspects of the disease, the community shares one thing in common: an unwavering determination to tackle these obstacles.
Whether you’ve made changes to your diet, started a new exercise routine or reached your A1C goal, you’ve all accomplished so much. Make sure you acknowledge and reward yourself for the great strides you’ve made.
Thank you again for inspiring me with your stories, and I look forward to hearing more about your experiences. Working toward new health goals may be difficult at times, but remember that you’re not alone. AmericasDiabetesChallenge.com is a great resource with helpful diabetes management tips and you can also join the program’s Facebook community to engage with others who understand what you’re going through.
I believe in this community and wish you all the best.