Days of Dick

Vol. 24, No. 1
Winter Edition 2009

Hard Times
Diabetes on a Stretched Budget

Type 2s
Time for Insulin?

Care Basics


Voice of the Diabetic logo and Dick Conners


Voice of the Diabetic Logo


Eileen Rivera Ley

Elizabeth Lunt

Suzanne Shaffer

Gary Scheiner
Ann S. Williams

Thomas Ley

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Voice of the Diabetic is the only national publication that focuses on making life with diabetic complications less complicated. Published quarterly by the NFB Diabetes Action Network (DAN), Voice of the Diabetic has a circulation of 330,000 copies. Since 1985, diabetic consumers, families and health care providers have been returning to the Voice for insight and inspiration. Voice of the Diabetic is available in print, four-track audio cassette, e-mail and on the Web at

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Copyright 2009 Diabetes Action Network, National Federation of the Blind. ISSN 1041-8490

VoiceCover:  Photo courtesy of Arthur O’Neill, The Carroll Center for the Blind


The Extraordinary Days of Dick Conners
An orientation and mobility instructor takes his own vision loss in stride

by Margaret E. Cleary

Reader’sVoice:  Co-Managing With Love
One couple’s tale of managing his diabetes, together

by Elizabeth Lunt

Healthy Home Cooking: Soup, the Queen of Food

Diabetes and Wounds:  Love the Skin You’re In
by Bonnie Williams

Type 2s: Time for Insulin?
by Gary Scheiner



New HumanWare Tool is Incredible Boon for
Diabetics with Vision Loss

by Tom Ley

Resolution 2008: Regarding Insulin Pen Disclaimer

President’s Message: Diabetes and National Federation of the Blind Philosophy
by Mike Freeman

NFB State Conventions for Spring 2009

Evaluating Glucose Meters:  Talk is Cheap, But Access is Golden
by Connie Kleinbeck

Hard Times: Diabetes on a Stretched Budget
by Connie Kleinbeck and Ann S. Williams

Resource Roundup       

Ask the Doctor
Understanding Diabetic Neuropathy

COMPLETE ISSUE (Zipped Word Document)

Posted: January 2009