Letters to the Editor
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation has contact with many newly-diagnosed and long-standing persons with diabetes. As an RN, and a parent of a child with diabetes, an inactive diabetic educator, and a local board member of JDF I find your publication excellent.
I find your publication so informative I'd like others to be exposed to it.
Thank you for any help you can give us and for your consideration.
Shelley J. Page
White Bear Lake, MN
More Papers, Please
I have been a type I diabetic for 31 years. I am also an RN and CDE pump user and have a diabetic support group. I love your newspaper and am interested in passing information about your publication to my support group. Please send me applications for your newspaper.
[Editor: Thank you both for your compliments and support. We are more than happy to supply educators and support groups with copies of DIABETES HEALTH and subscription forms to distribute; just let us know how many copies you think you'll need. As you can see from the next letter, this policy seems to work fairly well...]
Hot Off The Presses
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for sending us a supply of your latest publication. We used it in our display booth during National Diabetes month and it was difficult to keep up with the demand.
The stereotype of Type 2's, perhaps shockingly illustrated by Mary Ann Sayer's column, is something I come up against all the time. What Mary Ann Sayer's column illustrated for me is: how different I am. Until I read her words, I have never imagined anyone to be like that. To those who share her experience, the column will serve as a lifeline.
Linda E. Baily
[Editor: For those who missed it, Mary Ann Sayer wrote the Open Forum in the October, 1994 issue of DIABETES HEALTH. Her column concerned her addiction to bread and other staple foods and the havoc it wreaked on her glucose control, culminating in a four-year period where she disregarded her diet and simply injected more and more insulin to cover her eating habits. Only a brush with death changed her views on diabetes and diabetes care.]
Your publication has been very helpful to me. I'm seventy-four years old and in January 1994 I had a change in medication that resulted in diabetes II. Lately, I've been having trouble controlling my blood sugar levels. Finally, after changing from micronase to insulin, I've been able to get my blood sugar levels under control. Your newspaper has been instrumental in helping me through this time and it has thoroughly changed my life. Keep the papers coming!
Colorado Springs, CO
I am a sixty-three year old and have been a diabetic for fifty-three years. I take three injections and check my glucose six to seven times a day. In January I had a triple bypass surgery with a remarkable recovery. I still play tennis, exercise, I have three children and two grandchildren, and live a normal life with only a few inconveniences. I have received a fifty year medal from the "Joslin Clinic" and would like to be an example giving my fellow diabetics some encouragement and hope.
Margo A. Wistreich
New Rochelle, NY
Education = Management
DIABETES HEALTH should be required reading for everyone who has diabetes!
I have had type I diabetes since 1960 and fully understand how important education and information are as management tools as we edge towards a cure.
New York, NY