Monday, April 7, 2008


I had the opportunity to meet Brenda Novak over the weekend at the 2008 Desert Dreams Conference. What a dynamic woman. She has done a fabulous job putting together her auction to help raise money for diabetes research. If you are an aspiring author, she has a lot of packages up for bid that will get your manuscript right in front of an editor or agents eyes. And the turn around time for your critique is 24 hours up to two weeks! Well worth your time to stop by her website and check out who has donated their precious time to her worthy cause. And if you want to go on a trip to somewhere fabulous, or bid on something fun like an i-pod, she has those items, too. The link to her website is listed at the bottom of this post. I know what I'm going to bid you?

Now, to business~Take a look at the ordinary people pictured above. Anyone can be affected by the post below.

While researching articles for Diabetes Monday, I came across this fact: 13,000 new cases of Type 1 diabetes are detected each year.

13,000? WHOA! That number is staggering!

Now let's spin this fact to place this into perspective.

This means:

~13,000 people who will require insulin shots to survive.

~13,000 people who need to re-think their daily meal choices.

~13,000 people who will need to regiment how they exercise (because exercise lowers blood sugar)

That is just in their daily lives. Let's take this a step further, placing a medical spin on it.

This means:

~13,000 more people at a higher risk for heart disease and stroke.

~13,000 more people at risk for kidney failure and possible hemodialysis.

~13,000 more people at risk for peripheral vascular disease which could lead to amputations of their toes, feet, or legs.

In ten years this will be 130,000 people who have diabetes.

**The only cure for diabetes is a pancreas transplant. These are rarely done and if they are, the person has to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of his life.

I hope this stresses the importance of raising $$ for diabetes research. Please help!

Go to and learn what fabulous prizes are up for bid on her auction. The auction starts May 1st and ends May 31st.

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