Diabetes: Profiles of Courage
Please join me in honoring all of the heroes who have diabetes and live in control. Each one is a human being doing their normal daily lives but knowing that every day will require the courage to do the myriad of things required to live in control.
Catie & TJ Atkins
Khalil Edouard & Shenekia Loud
Marissa has been an avid dancer since she was 5 years old. At 10 she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Dancing is Marissa’s true passion, and when she was first diagnosed she and her family didn’t know if dancing and diabetes could coexist. Initially, Marissa would wear a sweatshirt to hide her insulin pump during dance. Marissa did not want her diabetes to be a distraction during her dance classes. However, for Marissa, giving up dance wasn’t an option. With the help of Sarah Goldberg, her friend and diabetes mentor, Marissa became comfortable with wearing her insulin pump and integrating diabetes as just another part of her daily routine. According to Marissa, now 13 years old, “Everyone has their bad days, it is fine, you can do this”. Not bad words to live by from a diabetes hero."