More than 26 million Americans live with diabetes. The Center for Disease Control predicts at the current rate of diabetes diagnoses, 1/3 of all Americans will be diabetic by the year 2050. African Americans and Hispanics are diagnosed at more than twice the rate of Whites. At the same time, more than half of people with kidney disease developed it as a result of long term diabetes. Understanding diabetes and how to manage it is critical to the long term health of diabetics. I would like to partner with your Health Ministry to educate the community about preventing and living with diabetes.
Some have used my book Blessed Assurance: Success Despite the Odds to share my inspirational story of living with diabetes from age 7 for 32 years, surviving kidney failure, dialysis, a kidney transplant and also a pancreas transplant. Success Despite the Odds, because at the same time, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a double majored undergraduate degree and master’s degree in 5 years; worked for my father and ultimately became a 31 year-old African American diabetic wife, mother and CEO of an automotive supplier here in Detroit.