Mission Statement

Diabetes Alive seeks to equip those living with diabetes with the knowledge necessary for good and healthy choices, the skills needed to make them and the strengths required to consistently follow through.

Diabetes Alive seeks…

We want to accomplish something. We’re not here to make noise or just hang out. We’re not trying to look cool or be fashionable. We have a job to do.

To equip those living with diabetes…

We want to make sure people who have diabetes or have family, friends or other loved ones with diabetes have what it takes to make our tag line “Live Strong, Live Healthy, Live Now” come true. We see three facets to this.

With the knowledge necessary for good and healthy choices…

You just can’t make good or healthy choices if you don’t know what to choose. To even be able to answer questions, you first have to know that there is something you need to ask about. I can’t ask: “How can I have a bit of my granddaughter’s birthday cake and not spike my blood sugar?” or “What are the side effects of the medications the doctor is talking about?” or “Should I exercise if I don’t feel good?”, if I don’t know there might be problems or issues to think about. I also won’t know what the answers mean without the know how to understand them.

It’s also true that not all choices are simply about our health. Many choices we make just deal with school, work, family, friends or the rest of living, but the choices we make here ultimately affect the quality and tone of our lives. In the end, as they accumulate and compound, they build our habits and add or subtract from our long term happiness and stress. Good choices make it easier for us to make more good choices. Likewise, bad choices make it even easier to make more bad choices.

We need to remember, our routine day-to-day choices define our lives and set the upper limits of our success. We want to help you raise the ceiling.

The skills needed to make them…

All the knowledge in the world won’t help us if we don’t know how to make sense of it or if we simply refuse to deal with it. I may know that an A1c of 8, 9 or 10 is bad, even rather seriously so, and still choose to keep living just like I am. “I don’t feel like it” or “I’ll start after New Years” are choices we make when our feelings are in control and we don’t know how to successfully deal with them. We may also need to learn a bit of everyday logic, or how to remember to think about what’s going to happen later.

While we can all learn how to make better choices, we also need to develop the character to make them when we need to most.

And the strengths required to consistently follow through…

Living with diabetes isn’t done with a simple formula or recipe. It takes character. We all have days when it’s easy, but we also have days when it’s anything but. In the end living with diabetes, is learning to be a better human being. We have to decide what we value most. We also need to keep learning the value of self discipline, hope, courage, compassion and gratitude. The reservoir of character we develop is what we have to help keep us afloat in our times of difficulty.

We’re convinced that when you really discover the value of character, you can really start to live your life free of the tyranny of your feelings. We want to help inspire this in you with life stories, articles and posts. We know if you can start to see this as not only possible but realistic and perhaps even exciting, you can join us and be Diabetes Alive.