Diabetes, why must it be such a destructive disease? I am angry, my heart is hurting, and I can’t stop crying. On Saturday, October 12, 2013, I attended the third funeral of a family member who died from this disease. My sister Jackie McFarland, 57 years old, died from kidney failure after five years of dialysis three (3) times a week.
In February 2013, I attended my mother’s funeral because she died at the age of 86 from kidney failure due to complications from diabetes as well.
In 2010, my husband of 35 years died at the age of 59 from diabetic complications called ketoacidosis.
I think you can understand why I am now asking everyone I know to join Team Greg Phillips (named after my late husband) on October 26, 2013 to walk or donate to help us research and bring awareness about this terrible disease. On-line donations can be made at http://main.diabetes.org/goto/maxinephillips or if you prefer, make checks payable to:
The American Diabetes Association
(TEAM GREG PHILLIPS)
c/o Maxine Phillips
8801 Fast Capital Park Drive
Raleigh, NC 27617
I am not exempt from diabetes myself because I am a type 2 diabetic. I have been able to manage my diabetes through diet and exercise. This means that I have been able to keep my daily glucose levels within normal limits (90-120 or A1C* under 7.0) by changing my eating habits to lower my intake of carbohydrates and sugar, increase my exercises, eat six small meals daily, drink water instead of soda, juice or tea, and check my glucose levels six times a day. These life changes helped me to eliminate the need for diabetic medication, reduce my dress size by six sizes, and prevent health complications associated with the disease.
I am just one of the many Team Captains who are committed to walking and raising money for the American Diabetes Association.
Register today to walk and donate at least $26, because there are 26 million Americans living with diabetes, but only nineteen (19) million of them know it…. that leaves seven (7) million people walking around with undiagnosed and untreated diabetes. And your donation also helps Team Greg Phillips to reach our goal of 100 walkers and $10,000.
Statistics show that if this trend does not stop one (1) in three (3) Americans will be a diabetic by 2050. African Americans are more likely to die from this disease because of being unaware that they are pre-diabetic.
Do you know the signs of type 2 diabetes?
• Frequent urination
• Extreme thirst
• Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands and/or feet
• Blurry vision
Please consult with your doctor. Most type 1 and gestational diabetes cases can be diagnosed early.
Do you know the health complications that diabetes causes?
• Heart disease
• Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve damage)
• Kidney failure
• High blood pressure
Now that you are aware of the signs and the complications, won’t you join me in the fight to stop this life changing disease? Perhaps you have a relative or friend who may be battling this disease. Walk or donate today in honor of them. Thank you in advance for your support.
Maxine Phillips Team Captain (Team Greg Phillips)
GAMMS Unlimited, President & CEO
Footnote: * A1C ( The A1c test also known as HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin or glycosylated hemoglobin is a blood test that correlates with a person’s average blood glucose level over a span of two to three months. )