Is Diabetes a problem here in the U.S.? According to my husband’s doctor, it is.
We’re constantly getting lab tests done and then we’re constantly watching for endless weeks and months. We’re so disappointed when the level of blood sugar is high and feel great when it is lower. I feel like I’m on a constant roller coaster. When the doctor said we didn’t have to do a test every day,we breathed a sigh of relief.
You diabetics know what an ordeal daily testing is--that uncomfortable pin prick to get a drop of blood to put in the glucometer. When the number is too high – in the danger zone, it is so depressing because all you can think is, “I’m going to lose my leg, my foot, my toe – I’m going to go blind, and my kidneys are going to fail – and then you start thinking about death – when and how. I’ve had friends and family who have had to battle this disease and it wasn’t pretty. All I can say is I don’t want the disease. I don’t want to die a crumby death.
In the Marshall Islands, where close to 50% of the adult population are diabetic, the people battle these thoughts constantly. But, miracle of miracles, it has been so exciting for the people who have been attending the Diabetes Wellness Center started by Canvasback Missions, Inc. They are so excited to learn that they can live normal lives and be healthy and active. They have hope because they see that they can take charge of their lives and reverse the effects of diabetes for their family and friends.
What are they learning? Is it some magic formula? Do they have a special doctor we don't have available here?
No, it's education, education that they can apply to their lives! They are learning what a powerful healing affect good healthy food and exercise can have. These people are amazing. They live on a coral atoll where resources are so limited and they are successfully reversing their diabetes. The President of the Marshall Islands heartily endorses this program and has his meals prepared by the staff of the Diabetes Wellness Center. So many members of the community have eagerly embraced the new way of life and look forward to many healthy years, without the debilitating effects of the disease. If they can learn to change, so can we. The Marshallese are a lesson book for me!