On November 7, 2015, I experienced a day that changed my life, and gave me a different perspective on how I view diabetes in its entirety. It was the day I decided to Step Out and Walk to Stop Diabetes. I walked along with a loved one who has diabetes and with wonderful team members from Way of Escape. This event was sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, and what I witnessed was amazing.
So many people from all walks of life joined together in solidarity to carry the torch for their loved ones who lost their battle with this disease, and for the ones who are still battling this disease. As I looked around at the people carrying signs and photos of their loved ones, it made me feel connected and grateful to have been a part of this “walk.” I do not know why I never took the time to get involved with any organization before this one except, I believe this was God’s appointed time for me to step out of my comfort zone, get involved and be supportive towards what I’m most passionate about…helping people.
This walk was about people being proactive about their health and trying to bring awareness to millions of people who are suffering with different stages of diabetes. With our help, maybe we can reach those especially that feel uncomfortable admitting they have diabetes so they can get help in the early stages.
Philippians 2:4 reads; Look not every man on his own things, but every
man also on the things of others. So, this is why we’ve united together. Our bodies are vessels for the Lord, and we’re supposed to take care of them. So if we educate ourselves and be proactive, we can help our loved ones extend their lives. Many of my loved ones may have lost their battle with this disease, but it’s important for me to spread the word and help those that continue to fight, to be empowered, educated and proactive.
In closing, I thank God for exposing me in this time of my life and giving me the tools to be a voice for my loved ones and for millions of others. I don’t have diabetes, but I lived with and continue to live with loved ones who have diabetes and it’s a challenge. But, I know my God is a healer, and by His stripes we are healed.