Karen Rickers

 


 

 

 

Karen Rickers 


A hero can be defined as a remarkably brave person; somebody admired; a person of distinguished courage or ability; my mom.

I’m mentioning her because I admire what she’s accomplished in her own life since her diagnosis with type I diabetes 37 years ago. My mom grew in the dark ages of diabetes and at 16 years old, kept her illness hidden for the most part while juggling the highs and lows of the disease by herself. In fact, to this day, I’d be surprised if some of her closest friends knew she had been a diabetic all of these years, blind in one eye, and currently in stage 4 kidney disease.

The reality of it all is that my mom will soon have to be hooked my to a dialysis machine and could soon be blind. Despite the harshness of it all, she remains upbeat, brave and hopeful for her future – thankful to be alive.  She spends much of her time as an active member in our community, rowing, running and volunteering her time to help others to help them take the steps toward creating healthier lives through exercise and nutrition. As a type I diabetic, she truly leads my example while striving to live life to the fullest.

Mom: I love you. Thank you for being such an inspiration, not only to me your daughter (and non-diabetic), but also to so many others out there who do have this disease and who may feel isolated and alone. Through your actions, words, and compassion, you motivate others to see that it’s possible to lead healthy, happy, and full lives, despite living with diabetes. You really are inspiring people without even knowing, just by being who you are. I’m proud to call you my mom; my hero.