A Diabetes Connection:Two Mothers, A Bear and A Book

Lucia, is the pharmacist at our local Walgreens drug store. She is familiar with my commitment to raise funds for a cure for diabetes, create a greater awareness about diabetes and offer education to other families who deal with the daily challenges of diabetes.

Over the years we have known each other, we have spoken about my children’s “Brain Color ” book, Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift and the heroine, Princess Shayna who has Type1 diabetes. While  I was researching information for Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat and Diabetes, my picture book for children with diabetes, Lucia was most helpful.

This afternoon, I received a call from Lucia telling me that she just spoke to a women who said she would be thrilled to know more about Purr-fect Pals. She also said that the woman had created a bear for children to help them adjust to their diabetes regime and taking insulin shots.

I immediately asked, “Is the bear’s name Rufus and the woman, Carol Cramer?”

Lucia paused a moment and said, “Yes, how did you know all that?”

I chuckled and said, “Carol and I met 13 year ago when she was selling Rufus, whom she created for her son, Brain, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 3 years old; and I was selling Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift at the Chicago Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Gala.”

Lucia said that when Carol told her about Rufus she immediately thought of me and told Carol that she knew a woman who has written a picture book for children with diabetes.

Carol immediately said, “Please, give her my email address and phone number and ask to contact me.”

And that was the beginning of Carol’s and my “Diabetes Connection ” and re-connection.

When Lucia and I ended our conversation I instantly called Carol. She was shocked and delighted when I told her I was the woman. Our “Blue Brains” caught up on our lives and we talk about opportunities to work together. We had lost touch over the years. She was busy with her work and family, as I was with mine.

We’ve scheduled a meeting for Friday and we are eagerly awaiting our re-connection, which is easy and convenient because we only live 10 minutes away from one another.

My daily affirmation is “THRIVING“.
I was drawn to the spelling and the sound of the letters as I speak the word.
Most of all, I love the definition in my Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (copyright 1960):
to grow vigorously!


I’ll keep you posted on my Diabetes Connection:
Two Mothers, A Bear, A Book and
how we all are THRIVING!

Sheila N. Glazov , Author, Personality Type Expert, Professional Speaker and Educator
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  1. Yang on March 14, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    I’m looking forward to more updates! The ketogenic diet might be able to help with diabetes. Both of my parents’ sides of the family has a history of diabetes. I have a greater risk of diabetes given the fact. I’m currently into the ketogenic diet and regular exercise and I’m feeling really great!

    • sheila on June 5, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you for comment. Sorry for the delay. I was happy to read that you are taking good care of yourself by eating properly and exercising! Continue your good health regime!

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