Why I LOVE Scott Johnson. Read this…….You Will Too.

Scott JohnsonWhy should I write about Scott Johnson?

Because sometimes someone comes along and we just must; to remind us how REAL people; can also be the most incredibly fascinating and inspirational.

As we go through the world of people who claim the limelight of climbing Mount Everest, or playing football for the Chicago Bears, or running 42 million miles-swimming around the world twice-and taking a bicycle ride from Florida to Canada, and we become amazed at these incredible feats of accomplishment………well…….so many are just not able to accomplish those tasks.

Now take a look at this video that Scott created as he applied for Athletic Achievement Award – and need lots of views to win! Watch & share http://t.co/VOZV5C4V9c.

I sure hope Scott wins this award because he deserves it.  In plain English; Scott is everyman.  He is every one that tries; he is everyone that lives life EVERY day, he is everyone who believes that ‘diabetes just will not do’ in his life.

He is a family man.  He is a man of principle.  He is someone who demands respect by the very nature of how he lives life every day.  He shares in his blog; Scottsdiabetes, what it is like to live day-by-day with diabetes; he has helped tens of thousands of people.  read his writings and you will see what so many already know.

He writes; “Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes.” As they say, Scott just gets it, because he lives it.

So do whatever it takes for Scott’s video to be seen.  Share this everywhere you can.  Every now and again someone comes along that we just ‘pull for’ to end up on top. 

Because at the end of the day, if many of those ‘more famous’ athletes actually knew Scott Johnson the way we know Scott Johnson;  they could only wish to match him in what he has meant to the tens of thousands he helps………just by being Scott Johnson.  That is the peak of a mountain few will ever match. 

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NEWS BREAK: OMG—–YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE this little girl. SHARE with Everyone!

This is Eleanor who is six years old and is about to meet the world.

Now listen to me carefully—-all you will read, see, and hear—is all Eleanor’s idea.  GOT THAT?  Good.

She is cute.

She is charming.

She stars in this first video.

She has diabetes.


Julie Reid McCalpin’s site just stated:
Introducing The Girl Glycosylated YouTube Channel!

Well, there’s not much else to say!  We’ve got a new Girl Glycosylated YouTube Channel, and our first video is up.  You can expect more where that came from!



I say:
4 stars

4 thumbs up….way up

4 smiley faces

4 best in house

4 tops of everything and anything else you can find

This young lady is going to be a mega star—-congratulations to all of them.  Friend, follow, and/or do whatever it takes…….enjoy her cuz one day you are going to say, I saw her first video on you tube.  

JUST Wonderful!!!!!

Eleanor is MY HERO of the day!!!!!!!

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Good Friend To Diabetes Community Still Needs Our Prayers

J.A. Happ InjuredToronto Blue Jays pitcher, J.A. (pronounced ‘Jay’) Happ is still recovering from a nasty blow to the head off a line-drive at the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game last night.

J.A. pitches for the Toronto Blue Jays and took his winnings, in 2009, from his Players Choice National League Outstanding Rookie from the Major League Baseball Players Association and donated to the Diabetes Research Institute to find a cure for diabetes.

J.A.’s sister was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her twenties.

Please continue to pray for Jay as he continues hospital testing to ensure that everything is okay.  You can search the internet for the video of the play from last night’s game if you wish, but I did not want to include it here as it is extremely disturbing to see.

Please join The Diabetes Research Institute, Foundation, and all those in the diabetes community wishing this incredible young man a full and speedy recovery.

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It is What I Saw Behind this Soldier That Will Touch Your Heart

Arlington Soldier
I was in Washington DC this week for a conference.  I had an hour for lunch and have not been to Arlington Cemetery since I was six, so I took a quick run over there.

The man you see here is as ‘spit-and-shine’ perfect as you will ever see.  He is a soldier at Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC in the elite company at the Tomb of the Unknowns or the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.

Each action is meticulously done to perfection.  But it is not this man I want you to notice. 

It is the group of Veterans behind this man. 

I spoke to them and they said “…..they had to make the trip………for their brothers who never came home”. 

Arlington Seniors“Had to”?   Really?  Seriously?

I cried right there.

What’s your excuse for not doing something?  Just don’t do nothing.

God Bless all those who serve and served.

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A Massacre in Boston

Boston carnageAgain.

A terrorist attack yet again.

From someone who spent 36 straight hours in Lower Manhattan on September 11th, 2001 helping in a way I could have never imagined (that story at another time); my head started to swirl with the news coming from Boston Massachusetts yesterday.  One of the world’s most famous runs, the Boston Marathon, was targeted for a full frontal terrorist attack yesterday.

Being at one of these before, I know the chaos and all that will follow.  I know about loved ones looking for loved ones.  I know about the blood, the pain, and also witnessing the death.  It is indeed a sorrowful day in the United States and the also the world for that matter.

The magnitude difference aside in wounded and killed; Americans are once again realizing their world has been rocked as it has before.  Once again many will suffer for years to come from the 176 people injured (17 still critical) and 3 fatalities (seems that many are also not out of danger yet so that number may unfortunately rise) or just being there to witness the horror.  It stays with you…..forever.

Two bombs were detonated and more were found that were not.  These will become important leads.  In the United States there are many levels of law enforcement with varying degrees of specialty in training and resources.  All work as one in this type- endeavor to bring to justice whoever (person or group) responsible for masterminding this attack.  Presently, there has not been anyone identified.

Much came back to me in the last 24 hours.  We were twelve years younger when that day happened in 2001.  We are a tad ‘harder’ now.  We are a tad this-is-the-world-we-live-in-attitude now.  Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to those who were impacted most in the Boston Marathon horror.

The most interesting thought that comes across me today, is one I had during the carnage of 2001; diabetes does not care.

This is not a time for any sort of comparison and THAT IS NOT WHAT I AM DOING here.  But people with diabetes will not be able to just stop to grieve this attack on our country.  Not just diabetes but so many who are tormented with any individual crisis cannot just jump off to ‘take-in’ this latest cowardly act.  Life will continue.  Good and/or bad, life will continue forward.

But for us, who know the diabetes perspective; everything that is done will need to continue to be done in those daily management issues; that will not change.   The stress of this could very well even impact some and a closer eye should be connected to blood glucose numbers.  Realize that stress of the events can play a role in your life.

And on this day, the day after, those impacted by diabetes will hurt like everyone else about what is going on.  We will all continue because that is what we do.  We are perfect students who have been trained to keep on moving forward……..because what other choice is there?

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Happy Siblings Day……How Important are the Ones in Your New Normal?

SiblingsDid you know yesterday was ‘Siblings Day’.  I didn’t.  It is not National Siblings Day because it would need a presidential order for that and thus far only 41 state’s governors have recognized it.  But it is the goal of the organization to obtain all 50 and 3 more are pending according to their website at www.siblingsday.org. (I found many of the links did not operate, but the content looked intriguing, I hope they fix the links in short order).

The idea was the brain-child of a para-legal in New York named Claudia Evart who lost two of her siblings at a young age.  The date of April 10th was chosen because it is the birthday of one of those siblings who passed.

I find this holiday rather interesting because as any parent of a child with diabetes will tell you, the siblings are the true unsung heroes in this battle with diabetes.  I can not tell you how many times in our lives that our son, TJ, had to be by-passed or told to wait because we were dealing with Kaitlyn’s diabetes.  I am sure he was angered on more than one occasion and I am sure he hated diabetes as much as we do.

He never said a word.

TJ is a strong man both physically and mentally.  His loyalty to his friends are noteworthy and he will look you in the eye when he meets you with a strong handshake.  He is a volunteer fireman and if central casting was casting that role, TJ fits it to the letter.  He regards his brothers and sisters within the department in high esteem.

Of course as a father I have my disclaimers as I know he is not a saint and he knows his faults and works on them as we all do.  But if I had one person in this world to face an adversity; a gang fight, a wall of fire, an accident, or anything else—I would choose to have my son, TJ,  behind me.  If there is one thing I know about my son, if you are family or friend, he’ll have your back to the bitter end.

That is a nice trait.

I have seen TJ cry just a few times in my life.  Those will stay with me but I will share that one of those times was when he and I were alone after his little brother was diagnosed with diabetes.  I saw him try to gain every ounce of strength he could muster to see if there was a way he could take on the pain where is brother would not have to deal with diabetes.  Alas, as that thought was in vain, and his frustration made him break down. 

“Not Bobby”, he said through his tears.  “I don’t know if he is as strong as Kaitlyn is.”  I will never forget those two phrases as long as I live.  Of course, as it turns out, Kaitlyn was on a mission once Rob was diagnosed and because of this love among siblings; Rob is doing very well on this journey.

Siblings.  For those of us who have diabetes as the ‘new normal’ let’s not forget everything they must undertake every day; whether age 1 or 91……so happy Siblings Day…..I know the three in my house make me proud every day; who could ask for anything more?

Let us know about yours.

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