This is a sponsored post on behalf of Novant Health.
Are you frequently overwhelmed by everything you need to do to manage your diabetes? Do you sometimes feel like just giving up? I suggest you celebrate World Diabetes Day today by picking up a copy of Carl Armato’s A Future with Hope for a dose of inspiration.
Carl was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 18 months old. 18 months! Now in his 50’s, Carl has been living with diabetes his entire life. He doesn’t know what it’s like to overindulge in candy on Halloween. A talented basketball player, Carl was benched in middle school when his coach learned he had diabetes. Some of Carl’s relationships have even failed because uninformed people were afraid. Despite all of this, Carl has remained optimistic.
The Burnout Struggle is Real
I’ll admit I’ve been dealing with a minor case of diabetes burnout. Part of it is that I’ve been insanely busy and I’ve been blowing off my regular fitness routine. I’ve also been racing around from appointment to appointment, therefore eating out a lot. Those two things can spell disaster for me if I’m not careful. And I’ve been too stressed out to be careful lately. (Sound familiar?)
Just when I was about to start beating myself up for not managing my diabetes well, I made a cup of tea and started reading A Future with Hope. I immediately felt better.
What’s in A Future with Hope?
Carl covers all aspects of diabetes in his book, including:
- Owning and even embracing diabetes
- Continued vigilence
- Career considerations
The Importance of Support
I loved reading about Carl’s family and how supportive they have been throughout his life. His parents, siblings, wife, and kids all have had a role in his continued success. For example, his father always told him there was nothing he could not do because of his diabetes and constantly pointed out the fact that Carl was special. “He reminded me that having diabetes helped me understand how others with illnesses really felt and that I could use this to help others,” Carl said.
Not surprisingly, Carl ended up in the healthcare industry. He is currently the president and CEO of Novant Health, a not-for-profit system of 14 medical centers and 1,500 physicians in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.
To Tell or Not to Tell
Like many people with diabetes, Carl struggled with whether or not to tell people in his life about his diabetes. You don’t want to hide things, but you don’t want pity from anyone and you certainly don’t want to be denied opportunities. Carl tells a story about playing basketball in middle school. He was one of the best players on the team, a starter in fact. When the coach learned about Carl’s diabetes, he allowed someone else to start in Carl’s place and rarely let him play at all.
Although Carl now recognizes that his coach was really trying to look out for him, it hurt at the time. It was a long while before he openly shared with anyone else that he has diabetes.
Random Thoughts about the Book
- My 50-something eyes really appreciated the LARGE type.
- I love that each chapter opens with a relevant, inspirational quote.
- It was quite stunning to read what kids with diabetes deal with every single day. (I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 37.) My challenges pale in comparison.
- At first I was thrown by Carl’s use of the word “diabetic” as a noun. In general, I try to avoid calling people with diabetes “diabetics.” (Read why in 4 Things I Wish People Understood about Type 2 Diabetes.) I was happy that Carl addressed the topic and explained why he continues to use the word.
- I appreciated the sidebars with comments from Carl’s mother and wife. Diabetes affects us, sure, but it also affects those who love us. Sometimes we lose sight of that.
“People want to hear about the possibilities. They know the dangers all diabetics face, but they want to be optimistic about themselves, or their child, friend or loved one with diabetes. They want hope,” Carl said.
A Future with Hope provides just that.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Novant Health. Please see my disclosures page for more information.