I Love Someone with Diabetes: Jennifer Atkins

By American Diabetes Association

Diabetes affects the whole family, whether you’re a parent, sibling, child, grandchild or spouse. This week on the blog, we’ll be featuring stories about loving and caring for someone with diabetes.


Jennifer’s parents, David and Stephanie Foote

Name: Jennifer Atkins
Location: Folsom, Calif.

I love someone with diabetes! Actually, I love a whole lot of people with diabetes. I have watched so many of my family members fight this fight.

My parents both have type 2 diabetes. My mother, Stephanie Foote, is insulin dependent and has worked hard to keep her diabetes under control for almost 20 years. Type 2 runs heavily in her side of the family. My maternal grandmother, Julia Martinez, died from diabetes complications. And we discovered that of my grandmother’s 12 siblings, eight had diabetes. My mother’s siblings both have prediabetes, putting them at risk for type 2; they are committed to a life of healthful eating and exercise.

I am so thankful that my mother has had her uncles to talk with about her diabetes. They have been there and know exactly how she feels and how to encourage her. This has made a world of difference for her.

My father, David Foote, was diagnosed a few years ago with type 2 diabetes. His father also died from complications of diabetes. My parents live in Las Vegas and work together in managing their diabetes.

My husband, Rob, and I have been married 13 wonderful years. We have two beautiful children: Toby (10) and Naomi (4). I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my second pregnancy. I was 36, fit and healthy, and I have never struggled with my weight. So I know this is genetics at work.

Being surrounded by diabetes all my life, I had a lot of support with my gestational diabetes. Not just within the health care community, including a wonderful nutritionist, but also the loving support of my family. I took a short walk in their shoes.

Now 40, I know I have a high risk of developing type 2 someday, because of both my family history and my gestational diabetes. But I’m doing all I can to prevent or delay it. As I get older I will need to work harder at maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. I’ve never been an athlete or loved the gym, but I do walk my dog each day and do light exercise.

Jennifer with her husband and children

Jennifer with her husband and children

I wish for a cure. I want health care professionals to partner with my children and me long before any of us develops prediabetes, because we have such high risk.

And I would love to see more innovative diabetes technology. I know there is already so much on the horizon, but I’m looking for solutions that work. Tools to test for diabetes. Monitoring tools that are quick, non-invasive and painless. A wide range of management options, especially for people who use insulin.

My son Toby asked me recently if I was going to have diabetes like his grandmother, my mother. I was truthful; I told him that it was likely, but I would try my hardest to avoid it for as long as I could.

Then he asked if HE would have it someday, too. My heart sank, knowing he and his sister are at risk for type 2. I encouraged him to continue to exercise and eat well his whole life. We know our enemy, and we are doing our best to prevent it.

From:: http://diabetesstopshere.org/2015/02/21/jennifer-atkins/



Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah C.B. Helping Hands Ministries Founder/Overseer / Business owner / Nurse, Friend, Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah, a small town country girl with a big heart. That big heart didn’t go unnoticed by God. At age 8; Apostle Shelia made the most important decision of her life. She decided to follow Christ. It wasn’t long before she heard the calling of God upon her life to reach the lost at any cost. To touch lives, one person at a time. By age 15 she was actively ministering to many in her community. From the young to the elderly, and even the dying; she has made it a priority to care for the souls of those in need. Today Apostle Shelia leads the C.B. Helping Hands Ministries team on a greater call. A call to reach the lost not just in our community but also around the world. C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and Apostle Shelia have become the vessel that God is using to bridge the gap between generations and touch the hearts of a lost, and dying world. Daily she ministers to the homeless, battered women, suicidal people and at risk youth among others. As a John Maxwell certified coach, and speaker she travels the world adding value to others. She is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and helping others see their true potential. With a never quit attitude and unwavering faith, she has been able to build C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and testify of God’s provisions and unfailing love. Making sure to always give God the honor and praise. She motivates young adults like none other. She has become a renown inspirational speaker like none other. She is real, she is alive, she is on fire and excited about transforming, and adding value to others.. She is new, real, and a breath of fresh air. Called, and anointed for such a time as this.
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