All Sweetness and Light People…FRONT & CENTER!

It’s now time to pay your dues, you who thought you were getting away with those bags of fries, those doughnuts with powdery white goodness on top (an NO, it’s not illegal drugs. It may well be for you and I now, it’s powdered sugar. You know, quit playing dumb, that white stuff on the doughnuts that you love slowly licking off of your fingers after the doughnut is gone. mmmmmmmmmmm

We weren’t addicted, not back then, but look around you and about 30% of your friends are standing behind you, with that telltale ring of frosting at the corners of their sweet little mouths. Yep, it finally got you and now it’s payback time. Take a seat and follow along in the booklets in front of you. AFTER you take that insulin pump out of its box and hook it to that round rubber looking affair over there using that plastic tubing.

And that is exactly how it began with me last Tuesday at the training session for my new insulin pump setup. I had taken delivery of the items in a large box a week and a half before and dutifully looked through it as instructed. Then began a home course on it’s operation along with lots of information that I didn’t know concerning diabetes and its beginnings and it’s ravages on the body if not controlled. I didn’t know how quickly you can die from it, nor how persistent it can be and the numbers (growing every day) of those of us blinded, without kidneys and without limbs. A whole host of other ailments and maladies are there waiting to jump onboard also so we are lucky that we still have time.

Stars who died of diabetes

‘Sweet Joe’ Russell, singer with the Persuasions, dies 72

“Sweet Joe” Russell, who spent half a century harmonizing with the Persuasions, an influential vocal group widely regarded as the “kings of a cappella,” has died. (May 5, 2012)

Joe Russell Cause of death
Joe Russell in a Brooklyn hospice after a long struggle with diabetes.
Joe Russell was 72 years old at the time of his death

David Peaston, R&B Singer, Apollo star, dies 54

David Peaston (1957 – February 1, 2012) was an American R&B/gospel singer who in 1990 won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. He is mostly known for the singles, “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make it Right)” and “Can I?”, the latter of which was originally recorded by Eddie Kendricks.

In the late 1980s, Peaston, a former schoolteacher, won several competitions on the Showtime at the Apollo television show, winning over the audience with a powerful rendition of “God Bless the Child.”

David Peaston cause of death
David Peaston died from complications of diabetes on February 1, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.
David Peaston  was 54 years old at the time of his death.

Marvin Isley, Isley Brothers, dies 56

Marvin Isley (August 18, 1953 – June 6, 2010) was one of the members of the family music group, The Isley Brothers and a bass guitarist. Marvin Isley the youngest of the brothers grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1972.

Death of Marvin Isley
Marvin Isley died on June 6, 2010, from complication of diabetes at the Seasons Hospice within Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 56

Evel Knievel

Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel, Jr. (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007) was an American motorcycle daredevil, a well-known figure in the United States and elsewhere since the late 1960s, and arguably the most iconic motorbike stuntman of all time. Knievel’s nationally televised motorcycle jumps, including his 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, represent four of the top 20 most-watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports events of all time.

Death of Evel Knievel
Evel Knievel died of diabetes.
Evel Knievel was 69 years old at the time of his death.

Evel Knievel died in Clearwater, Florida on November 30, 2007, at the age of 69. He had been suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis for many years. Longtime friend Billy Rundle reported that Knievel had trouble breathing while at his residence in Clearwater, but died before the ambulance could reach the hospital. “It’s been coming for years, but you just don’t expect it. Superman just doesn’t die, right?” was Rundle’s reaction

Billy Henderson, Singer in Spinners

Billy Henderson (August 9, 1939, Detroit, Michigan — February 2, 2007, Dayton Beach, Florida) was an African-American singer. He was an original member of The Spinners, a soul vocal group.

Billi Henderson’s Death
Henderson died of complications caused by diabetes.
Billi Henderson was 67 years old at the time of his death

The Spinners were formed in 1954 by five friends including Henderson from a High School in Ferndale, Michigan. They had several hits, especially in the 1970s, such as “I’ll Be Around” (1972) and “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love”, “Then Came You” (with Dionne Warwick) and “The Rubberband Man”. The Spinners were nominated for six Grammy Awards and they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the second star for a musical group consisting of African-Americans.

In 2004, Henderson had to leave The Spinners after he tried to sue the corporation and the business manager of the group for financial reasons.

Curtis Mayfield – Soul Musician “Superfly”

Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly. From these works and others, he was highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. He was also a multi-instrumentalist who played the guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, and drums.

Later years
In February, 1998, he had to have his right leg amputated due to diabetes. Mayfield was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 1999. Unfortunately, health reasons prevented him from attending the ceremony.

Death of Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield died on December 26, 1999 in Roswell, Georgia from Diabetes
Curtis Mayfield was 57 years old at the time of his death

Category: Deaths from diabetes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of noteworthy people who died from diabetes-related complications. I could go on and on of course talking of what I have learned lately, but there is time for that later on.

So there I sat with one other person in the training class with me. Her white knuckles on the table and the ruddy hue to her face along with her statement, told the story. “I DO NOT want to do this. I can’t stand the thought of wearing something that will be dispensing things into my body. I LIKE the shots, they are fine, let me continue to do them for Heaven’s Sake!”

By this time I am thinking this was her doctor’s idea and she had no part in it. I smiled at her and said “You will do fine, we just have to get used to the idea.” The low growl with clenched teeth told the trainer and myself it might be wise to move forward. So we did. Without boring you with details, we are learning how to program the monitor, how to fill the meter with insulin, how to check our blood with one meter which then relates this number to the main meter hooked to us using wi-fi, (we are techies) and then watch it go through it’s figuring and finally come up with a dosage to dispense over time called a bolus. We are wearing our new pumps which are filled with saline this week so we don’t kill ourselves 🙂 It will be changed out at the next appt. For the real stuff! That is in a week and a half. Then finally a third visit and that’s it. It’s a little weird feeling it hanging there on your waistband (or wherever you want to wear it comfortably.) It beeps at me and vibrates and is generally a fun date other than the part that is under your skin.

I will let you know how it goes. I’m taking suggestions for a name. After all something held this close to you all the time needs to have a moniker worthy of it’s position.

In other news, the right leg is giving out which means more time in the chair and also a new appt. With the dr. who is giving me a shot in that knee. He had to bail on me due to something that came up. Now I need him I’m afraid.

To all a Merry beginning of holidays soon and keep the shiny side up!!!



2 thoughts on “All Sweetness and Light People…FRONT & CENTER!

  1. Hey Kath, I am rooting for ya here. We have a friend who has the pump and he showed it to me, explained how it works, and said it saved his life. He is an engineer out at Disney full time and is in charge of making sure all goes well on the monorails…and he plays keyboards and sings with my husband’s band on weekends. He said the learning curve at first, is a little tough……but after that, it does such a good job monitoring your insulin…I hope you have as good a luck with it as he has. You have been thru way too much and it’s time for things to go more your way…..Blessings to ya….How “bout SUGAR BOOGER ?????? just a thought…lol Take care and know that people you have never even met personally are in your corner and cheering for you…..much love…..Shari

  2. Hi! My dad is terrified by the fact that he may need to take insulin one day but him and my mom are still ok with just oral meds. My two grandmothers however had to have injections. We told them that they should try the pump but they not too keen on trying something new

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