Heroes and Friends

Today, I am supposed to write about my diabetes heroes. There are plenty of people with diabetes who are doing “big things” – Supreme Court Justice, race car driver, professional football player, country singer, American Idol (almost), Olympian, Miss America, and the list goes on.

Thankfully, I find my heroes much closer to my heart.

These two beautiful women have been such an encouragement in my life. They have been living with diabetes for twice as long as I have and are determined to not let it stop them from doing everything they want to do. They are amazing advocates. They also have the ability to make me laugh like no one other. Our hourly daily text messages to each other are a combination of social media observations, diabetes support, and all out ridiculousness (discussions of Fun Dips and ceiling tiles included).
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Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.
~Bob Riley

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If you’re looking for a hero, the diabetes online community is full of them. I am honored to call each of them my friends.

Scott S. – 42 years
Martin – 31 years
Scott J. – 31 years
Jacquie – 20+ years
Lee Ann – 33 years
George – 21 years
Jess – 18 years
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A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
~Christopher Reeve


The picture of Kim and Jess was proudly borrowed from Jess. I told her I wanted to use it in a blog post, but I didn’t exactly tell her WHAT post.

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