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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lets discus Diabetes and the power of positive people



I would like to be an inspiration to those who think that some bumps on the road are there to stop you in your tracks . First of all, I need to say that I am not one of those remarkable people that will leave behind a profound mark on earth after I’m gone. Nope, I am not here to save the world. Nevertheless, I am always ‘TRYING’ to do the right thing and to be an example to those close to me. If reading this blog makes you smile or helps you get closer to your family or friends, it is worth it for me to keep on writing.
                           
So far, I have enjoyed writing about food, sharing some of my favorite recipes and special moments spent in the garden, in addition to tackling some DIY home projects. After taking a little time off to reflect on where this blog is going, now I am convinced I have to dedicate some time to learning and helping others with those little curves that life presents us.

We (my family) have been dealing with juvenile diabetes for just a few years, and I feel the need to take a little time to encourage people that have been diagnosed or who have a family member or friend that are dealing with this disease. (The data from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet indicated that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States - 8.3% of the population - have diabetes). Read more about the statistics here

As you can imagine, by now this number has increased. So, it is time to use the power of the internet and today’s social media to learn more about the technology and different ways to deal with this bump in the road. I have to make sure you know I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV!  I can honestly tell you that blogging makes me a better learner and knowing I might help someone in need, it will be worth all the time and energy spent here!

I am beginning a new “chapter” in my blogging efforts.  In addition to my regular entries about food, home and garden, I will be introducing many thoughts and comments focused on diabetes and the ways that it affects my son, my family and those around us.  I am most concerned about learning how to be a dad to someone that struggles with the day to day demands of a disease and how to maintain a sense of normalcy.  My wife and I want to bring both our children up with the idea that they can be positive thinkers and successful in anything that they decide to be passionate about.

I want to encourage all followers of my blog to join with me in this journey if they choose, and to feel free to help us along the way.  Any comments would be greatly appreciated and we hope that families will seek us out and offer as little or as much information as they desire.

P.S. I will be sharing a few tips (drink more water) and some healthy eating recipes that we can integrate into a diabetes management routine. 



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