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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Includes artwork: quill pen and ink pot.

April 26, 2004

I love your magazine and I think it is the best publication out there on diabetes.

Thanks a lot,

Terry Banner

Franklinville, NJ

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May 3, 2004

Hi there ... I once again do thank you for responding so quickly. We just received a large bundle of Voices ... probably about 50. They are such a GREAT magazine!

Claudia C. Morgan

Belcourt Indian Health Service

Belcourt, ND

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May 5, 2004

I came across Voice of the Diabetic during a visit to my doctor's office today. I am very impressed by the content and the benevolent nature of the publication. I would like to subscribe to it. Also, please let me know how I can help.

Sincerely,

Ravi Gudlavalleti

Whitehall, PA

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May 14, 2004

Thank you so much for the three extra copies of the Voice of the Diabetic paper. I do pass them along, and I praise your paper. It is so helpful to me in so many ways.

I am a nurse, but there are so many new insights and information to understand and deal with my diabetic condition.

Again, thank you for the wonderful work you are doing.

Sincerely,

Billie Jean McKenna

Parma, OH

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June 13, 2004

I love your paper. I have had diabetes for 54 years and I hope to read your paper for many years.

Mrs. Betty J. Losnes

North Branford, CT

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July 21, 2004

It is a pleasure to congratulate you and your staff for such a magnificent edition of the Voice of the Diabetic. Being the one responsible for distributing this wonderful paper among the members of our Father Martinez Nutrition Center, I try my best to disseminate the wonderful information that is contained in the paper, not only among those of us who are diabetics, but also to the rest of the seniors at this center.

Thanking you and all your staff for the wonderful service you have been giving us for the past two or three years, I remain....

Juan M. Roman-Rios

Father Martinez Senior Center

El Paso, TX

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August 16, 2004

Someone gave me a copy of this Voice of the Diabetic to read. I really enjoyed reading it, and got a lot of helpful information from it. I have had type 1 diabetes for five and a half years. Sometimes it is very hard to control. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Rosalie Malota

La Grange, TX

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MANAGING LIFE'S STRESSES

by Sally York

Includes photo of Sally York.

From The Editor: I have known Sally York for years; she is a good friend. She served on our Diabetes Action Network Board and had much to contribute. The article below, she originally presented to social workers at DaVita Dialysis Clinic, in Union City, California. Here's what she says:

September 2004 marked my 15th year on hemodialysis. My kidney failure is due to diabetic complications, which also include severe vision loss and neuropathy. I had an unsuccessful pancreas/kidney transplant in 1989.

I have been looking forward to a second kidney transplant ever since. Because of the immunosuppressant medications and multiple transfusions I have received, finding a compatible kidney is difficult. I am currently working with the University of California, San Francisco, and a new medication to make me compatible with my brother, who has lovingly offered me one of his kidneys.

Despite these circumstances, despite these stresses in my life, I manage to "hang in there" by being diligent and following the rules for healthy living. Most of my stress is a result of, or aggravated by, my health problems. Here is a summary of my secrets to manage that stress.

First, I acknowledge that I feel the stress, and I determine what is the cause. I may take several days to feel it, process it and decide how I'm going to deal with it. I consider this the best way to avoid depression.

Second, I have unconditional loving support from my parents, who live nearby. I call them for advice, sympathy and a friendly ear. And, I can confide in one best friend. I have other friends, but find they are generally not interested in hearing my problems; they are interested in telling me theirs. By listening, I realize I have made them feel better, and this in turn makes me feel I have done something of value for someone.

My relationship with God gives me strength. When I am physically able, I attend my church. I take classes, meditate and read inspirational writings.

In addition to taking care of my spirit, I take more care of my physical being. I prepare healthy meals and eat more of my favorite foods. I attempt to exercise a little every day on my rowing machine and do stretching exercises for flexibility. I try to maintain regular sleeping hours by going to bed at the same time each night and avoiding lounging too late in the morning.

I am extra good to myself and do things I enjoy: listen to music, take long showers, sit in my backyard on sunny days, do computer work, try a new recipe, go shopping with a friend, read a book or magazine on tape, etc. And (this is critical), even at my lowest points, I always believe that the future WILL be better. I refuse to give up hope. I continue to set goals and dream of what in my life I still have to achieve and enjoy.