Tony has invited me to try my hand at writing articles. I see myself as a sort of Erma Bombeck and it will be interesting to see how this works out.
This Tuesday, March 20, I have been invited to be a guest speaker at Hui Malama which is a medical outreach program designed to reach out to Native Hawaiians and give them access to quality healthcare and education. This is something sorely needed.
Auntie Edna visited us and gave us a very good presentation about diabetes. I shared my story with her and was invited to reciprocate. It was originally going to be in July but an unexpected opening came up that I was asked to fill.
My goal would be to share with the audience that I can live with diabetes. I live a normal life and do all the things I want to do. While I have to watch what I eat and exercise, I should have been doing those things all along.
I confess to being a little anxious since this will be outside my comfort zone. Much like when I posted my introduction here. I feel like I am going to be preaching to the big leagues and will likely have people in the audience that have really struggled with this. Aunty Edna has been supportive. I explained how I controlled diabetes and she was surprisingly accepting. Like many of us here, her philosophy is that if it works for you go for it.
I am going to walk in wearing my size 44 pants and belt and then drop them off to show what can be done and then go from there. All the accomplishments to date really stemmed from finding out I had diabetes. I believe I have learned from the best out there and plan to share what I have learned. More importantly, I can show that it worked.