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Monday, March 28, 2011

Five minutes of fame

 
According to Andy Rooney, we all get our five minutes of fame, our five minutes in the sun. I got my chance to shine last week when a local media station in Pittsburgh interviewed me.
 
WTAE television anchor woman Michelle Wright came to my home to question me about how diabetes has affected my life. It was all very exciting. When the truck pulled up in front of the house and the camera man came in with all his equipment, I admit to being a little star struck. Once things were all set up, Michelle and I sat on my living room sofa and the camera got rolling. Amazingly, any initial butterflies doing the rumba in my belly did their swan song and skedaddled. Michelle is very personable and put me at ease. WTAE is running a week long series on diabetes beginning tonight and I am scheduled to air at 5:45 pm.

Hopefully, by answering questions about the serious impact type 1 diabetes has had on my life, my outlook on living with a life long disease and its devastating complications, I can offer hope to those  facing  diabetes. Yes, it is a deadly disease which can rear its ugly head, affecting many organs, including the heart, kidneys and eyes. But millions of diabetics, both type 1 and 2 lead long and productive lives. Knowledge is power. If you’re a diabetic, don’t ignore it or take it lightly. See your doctor often, check your blood glucose, eat sensibly and exercise. Fresh fruits and veggies are a lot healthier than sweets. There’s something to be said for that age old proverb.
 An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

18 comments:

Rachel Rossano said...

Thank you for the reminder. :) Hopefully many will hear your message and realize they need to change their habits. :)

Hywela Lyn said...

Congratulations on your 'five minutes of fame', Sharon, dear friend. I'm sure your story will be a real inspiration to those struggling with the disease themselves, and an enlightenment to those who may not have realised its implications.

Your book 'Echo Of A Raven' is not only educational but a fascinating and entertaining read, and I hope even more people will purchase it after seeing you on TV.

Your courage and determination in the face of all the obstacles set before you leave me totally in awe, and I'm so glad that you've had the chance to spread your message through the medium of television.

Julie Robinson said...

That was totally awesome, Sharon! I watched the news video and am so proud of you for getting out there to help other people by warning them of the dangers.
Keep up your good work and continue writing those chilling suspenses.
Julie

Julie Robinson said...

BTW, cute, cute haircut!

Jane Richardson, writer said...

Sharon, I am so, so, SO, SOOO proud of you! You look like a million dollars, my girl. How I wish I could see the broadcast, but in a way, it doesn't matter - I know you're gonna slay 'em anyway, and be amazing.
Hey, on the fruits and veggies as better than sweets, you're so right. I've tried every trick to get veggies into my kids over the years, and a sure-fire way I've found is to go with the bite-sized stuff. I make up a mini tupperware for each child filled with chunks of cucumber, bell peppers, celery, carrot, those baby tomatoes in all their different colours, and added in the most lucious types of dried fruits too, the things that work best like pineapple and apricots. Something about that 'bite-size' makes a big difference, and the kids will snack on those on a car journey or through the day rather than chips, etc. Fun stuff seems to work - I wish we could get those Chinese food containers you have out there over here in the UK - anything that's a novelty scores well with kids, I've found. Worth a try, and gets them into good food habits early. :-)
Love you to bits, dear thing! :)

Jane x

Julie Robinson said...

The title says it all as to your fighting spirit.

Here it is:

http://www.wtae.com/health/27343658/detail.html

Julie Robinson said...

http://www.wtae.com/health/27343658/detail.html

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Rachel, thanks for stopping in and for your encouraging words. Cheers!

Sharon Donovan said...

Lyn, dear friend, as always, your flattering praise humbles me. I can only hope to help spread the word about diabetes through the media and my book. I encourage any and all touched by diabetes to read Echo of a Raven. A portion of all proceeds go to my charity, JDRF Juvenile diabetes research foundation. Thank you!

Sharon Donovan said...

Julie, my dear friend, always a burst of sunshine on a cloudy day! Thank you so much for giving the link so any who so desire can watch the video. You like my pixie, thank you! Unfortunately, stress and medication after my heart attack caused my tresses to fall out in clumps. It's coming back now but pixxie cut was inevitable!

Julie LaLonde said...

Sharon, not everyone can wear a pixie haircut, but you've got the face for it.

Sharon Donovan said...

Jane, darling girl! Thank you so much for the great snack idea, yummy treats for all ages, I think. Dried apricots and alpine nuts have always been a fetish of mine. And I truly can't think of a fresh veggie that I object to! And the ones you mentioned are delicious. If you're lucky enough to grow your own in a sunny backyard garden, all the better. Hugs and love across the pond.
Yes, short pixie it is!

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks Julie!

lastnerve said...

I totally agree with Echo of a Raven being something that everyone should be reading as it is so informative. I loved it.

The Pixie cut was totally you Sharon. You look edgy and youthful. It fits with your personality so well.

Val

Sharon Donovan said...

Val sweetie! You are so sweet and so supportive. I couldn't ask or wish for a bettter ggal pal than you. Love you!

Sharon Donovan said...

You all know that Hywela Lyn decorates my blog with talent and finesse. She downloads pictures I send her as well as costuming Oliver! What you don't know is that today's photos were sent to me by my dear friend Norma. Photography talent that she is, she took pictures of me on television. Fabulous job, Norma, thanks sweetie!

Witchy Woman said...

It takes "ALOT" of courage to reach out and help others by bringing awareness to a cause-be it in your community or even worldwide. I truly applaud you!
I wonder if people truly realize that 1 person "can" make a difference. That 1 person "does" make a difference.
I'm not sure if they realize it, but I certainly do.

Thank you!

Sharon Donovan said...

Thank you for your kind and encouraging kudos, WW! Love you to pieces, girlfriend!