What a year!
Looking back on 2011, I can’t believe all that I’ve accomplished. A new website, new book, Constant Contact, Facebook and the first ever HSF fundraising gala! I was glued to my computer some 14 to 16 hours a day and really experienced the truth of what Ernest Hemingway once said… “There is nothing new to writing. All you have to do is sit at the typewriter and bleed.” But with all the hard work, deadlines, challenges and “mistakes” came a feeling of great accomplishment, not just on a professional level but even more so on a personal one. I was pushed way out of my comfort zone and not only lived to tell the story but also succeeded beyond my wildest dreams.
There was only one way I could have done it all…with the support of my incredible family, friends, business associates and even strangers. Their guidance and selfless contributions – interwoven with determination, enthusiasm, love, positive thoughts and energy – sustained me, gave me hope and allowed me to persevere. I am so blessed to have had them with me on this incredible journey.
So as one year ends and another begins…I share with you, my readers, one of the chapters of my book that is so apropos right now.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE: IT WON’T WORK WITHOUT IT
(Excerpted from The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar)
When I first began dreaming about forming the HSF, I was constantly plagued by my own insecurity. I wasn’t a doctor, a nurse, or even a college graduate. What made me presume that I could start an organization to help sick people? I didn’t have an answer to that question. Yet, there I was trying to form an advocacy group for a disease whose existence medical doctors didn’t recognize and whose name most people couldn’t pronounce and even fewer could understand.
What was worse, it wasn’t even a disease with a lot of drama. It wasn’t associated with children or death, and it wasn’t even considered life threatening. As a result, the media covered it only occasionally. How, I kept asking myself, can I make people realize that low blood sugar is real, that the food/mood connection is real, that people can suffer severe emotional problems because their diet has thrown their body’s chemistry out of balance?
I despaired of ever starting an organization which could have the kind of impact that would make people pay attention, especially because I didn’t have any fancy titles or letters, such as Ph.D., after my name. Then I started to read and reread. My attitude started to brighten. I found out that many other lay people had contributed to the medical field. People such as Nathan Pritikin, founder of The Pritikin Longevity Center; Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers; and Barbara Gordon, who wrote I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can and told the world about the dangers of Valium in a way no medical textbook ever could.
I knew there was hope. I began to visualize my dreams for the HSF. I wanted support groups in every state, a hypoglycemia hotline, visual aids in schools to warn children about junk foods, and proper testing for people being admitted to state mental hospitals, prisons, juvenile detention centers and jails.
What kept me going then, and still does, was enthusiasm, positive thinking, positive people, faith, trust and a firm belief that this is a job that I have to do. It wasn’t simple, not at first and not now. But it is getting easier, and it can get easier for you too. The tools, the people, the places, are all there to help. You just have to be ready to receive them. If you can’t cope any longer with the depression, guilt, fear and denial that a hypoglycemic confronts every day, then do something to replace these negative feelings with positive, uplifting ones.
Start by opening your hearts and minds to Dr. Wayne Dyer’s books on positive thinking; Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s on enthusiasm; Norman Cousins’ on laughter; and Dr. Leo Buscaglia’s on love. I also favor more current writers like Marianne Williamson, Neal Donald Walsh and Eckhart Toll. Mix them all together and let them be the cement that holds together all the other necessary building blocks of good mental health.
Some of The Do’s of Hypoglycemia
- Do have a support group of people who won’t step on your dreams, who will encourage you and support you emotionally when you’re feeling good AND when you’re not.
- Do have a good selection of positive reading material or CD’s. Replacing bad feelings with positive ones is an arduous task. These CD’s and books will help do the job when you need an ego boost and no one is around to give it to you.
- Do put up positive quotes around your house or office. They will lift your spirits and, as a bonus, they’ll help lift the spirits of those around you.
- Do use positive words. Say “I can,” “I will,” and “I shall.” Use only positive phrases, such as “This diet is working. It is the best I’ve ever had.” Repeat these affirmations throughout the day.
- Do take 15 to 30 minutes every day for meditation or prayer. It refreshes the spirit.
- Do volunteer work. Many times in helping others, we end up helping ourselves.
Many of us are celebrating this season around the world. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa or New Year’s Day, we hope you’ll be surrounded by family and friends.
If your tradition is to give a gift during this time of year, why not think of giving a gift of health…a gift that can change the life of someone you love? The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar is just such an offering.
Want to learn how to control hypoglycemia before it controls you?
Then this is the book for you.
Are you ready to learn…
• How to recognize, understand and control hypoglycemia?
• How diet, exercise and vitamins play a role in the healing process?
• How hypoglycemia is affecting our children in epidemic proportions?
• How hypoglycemia and alcoholism are correlated?
• How hypoglycemia is a prelude to diabetes?
• How my “Ask The Experts” chapter can save your life!
It has 58 do’s and don’ts…and almost every conceivable question you’ve ever asked has now been answered by the experts on this condition.
To order now….click on the following link: http://hypoglycemia.org/products-list.
May you all be blessed abundantly during this holiday season and ring in the New Year with a positive attitude…your health, work, family and personal life…just won’t work without it!
Here’s to your health,
P.S. Due to the huge number of e-mails I receive on a daily basis, it is impossible to respond to all of them. If you e-mail me and do not receive a reply, please do not wait! Seek medical attention…especially if you have severe symptoms. If you don’t have a physician, check out the link on our website for an organization/foundation that has referral listings in your area. Good luck!