Monday, December 17, 2012

Diabetes and Why We Need a Cure



WHY We Need a CURE

Photos of Rosemary "Mamie" Adkins during the worst time and recovering.

"Unless we have it, most of us know little about diabetes. We think that it's the result of eating too much sugar, or that it means you can't eat sugar. 
In reality, it's far more serious." by Joanne Marez

Diabetes is reported by many sources to be a silent epidemic in epidemic proportions worldwide. It is said that one (1) out of ten (10) in population worldwide is effected by diabetes with "global economy  health care cost reported as of 2010  at 11.6% of total world healthcare expenditures." The latest report I found says that more than300 million people worldwide are living with Diabetes.

There are many statistics I can report here and I will try to help you understand the importance of a Cure and why this disease is one to be dreaded or at the very least you must be compliant.  I also would like to invite you to visit the following links that will lead you to a series written by my local newspaper reporter Joanne Marez.  These are stories about people living in our community and part of the stories are about my life as well.

The complications of this disease seem to be endless as it effects the nerves and vital organs in your body. Heart disease and stroke, according to these same studies " in 2004, heart disease was noted on 68% of diabetes-related death certificates people aged 65 and over; 16% due to strokes; . Taken from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet says that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States alone which is 8.3% of the population have diabetes. This same report states that Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20-74.  A 60 to 70% of the diabetic population have a nerve condition called neuropathy and loose sensation mostly in the legs/feet; and a high percentage experience different stages of kidney failure or amputations. Nearly 26 million people are diagnosed with diabetes with another 79 million people are Prediabetes. 

Sad, I did not pay attention to my diabetes as I should have, here are links from my life and from the lives of others during a special series written by Joanne Marez with photographer, Larry Steagal. 

Diabetes Story: Living By The Numbers, Joanne Marez

Greater than 200 Billion dollars was spent in Diabetic care in 2011 according to the National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011 and jointly produced by the CDC, NIH, ADA and others.

The happy news here is that my life although changed forever, I have lived my dreams of a happy marriage, fabulous daughter and a dream vacation to Ireland. Please read my article Traveling with Diabetes in my archives should be considering a vacation overseas or otherwise.  Diabetes is a disease we can delay effects of if only we catch it early and adhere to the many life altering lifestyles.

Fun Facts About Ireland:

In 1917 Henry Ford opened a car factory in Cork.  However the Butter-market in Cork closed in 1924.  Closure of businesses in the 1980's became a very hard time in Cork with high unemployment due to closures such as the Dunlop Tire Factory, manufacturing companies and many shipbuilding companies as well.

Cork began to rebound in the 1990's with new industries, a commercial park, airport business park, and today they employee people to work in those along with industries in chemicals, food processing, brewing and more.  You can find a lot of history in Cork and enjoy yourselves at the same time while learning about our neighbors!

In 1963 President John F. Kennedy visited Cork-Ireland.

So much history in this town that to list just the Fun Facts would take a long while so be sure you investigate it on your own!  However, I will include some other facts that may interest you.

Cork Irelands second-largest city, in County Cork. Well-known for its lively nightlife and reasonably peaceful days, as well as good pubs, shopping and a few annual festivals.

Cork City, recently named by Lonely Planet as one of Top 10 Cities in the World to visit in 2010.  Steeped in history, Cork City is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe's happening cities.   Like Venice, the city is built on water, and the city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbor. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city center, are spanned by many bridges and this gives the city a distinctive continental air.  Exploring Cork is an enjoyable way to spend several days with many historical places of interest.  You must see the Ring of the Shandon Bells in the 300 year-old tower of St. Anne's Church, and marvel at the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre's Cathedral.  You will discover  some of the most unique shopping and dining options amongst them to include the famous English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world from which you can store up your pantry for the next few days should you be renting a self catering accommodation as a base location for exploring the area.

Among other sites to visit in Cork is the fabulous waterfront.  Rich farmlands and river valleys contrast with the wild sandstone hills of the west.  Cork is dubbed as the Gourmet Capitol of Ireland but the one sure treasure of Cork (as in the East and West Coastlines) are the beaches alongside the Atlantic Ocean that cry out a peacefulness as they roar during a storm!

This city as so many others is one you do not want to miss so plan out your vacation so that you will at least know what there is to see and you will not waste precious time trying to make a decision as to where and what to do.  We did and our vacation was full from day to day.  Be sure to save some unplanned time each day to allow for the sites that you see and want to visit!

This post is not meant to scare you or be negative but to draw attention to the need for a CURE.

Want to make a difference? Donations are always a grand idea. Until January 31, 2013, when you purchase my book about Ireland, I will make a 30% donation for each book sold. I also invite any other author or individual to make a difference in the lives of millions of people worldwide-Donations for Research money to find a CURE!!

Please visit: and when ordering, refer to promotional code: PR2

Thank you for once again visiting my blog and I look forward to your return.

Rosemary "Mamie" Adkins
Extraordinary Dreams
                                      of an
Ireland Traveler







  1. Hi,
    Thank you for this very informative post on diabetes and on Cork City Ireland.
    My husband is a diabetic and suffers from neuropathy in his legs and feet. It is a crippling disease that sneaks up on you he was told. He is still able to drive but the morning hours are used to get circulation back into his legs and feet.

    As for Ireland, I can only say it is a beautiful country. Having been there before, I would like to go back again, especially since I have close friends living in Cork whom I would love to visit but have not done it as of yet.

    I will definitely put it on one of my cities to visit, because you made me curious when you compared it with Venice, Italy, a city that I am in love with.

    Finally, I love the way you gave information in this article. It is loaded with much need to know information that will require that I come back to it and check out the links as well as go to Amazon and purchase your book as an ebook, if it is offered on Amazon Germany.


  2. Hi Rosemary! I want to thank God that you are still alive! What a miracle your life is, that you have managed to do all the things you have done since 1999! This is a great post to bring out the facts of diabetes. I didn't know anything about it.

    Also, I very much loved the part on Cork. I didn't know it was like Venice. I didn't know anyplace in Ireland was like Venice. I wonder why we didn't learn anything about Ireland in school? Thank you for all the great information you always put out about this gorgeous country, one day.... I keep saying it... one day! Love you!

  3. What an great article, Rosemary. So very informative on a subject that I know very little about. And the touch of Ireland is phenomenal! Tweeted, posted to fb and G+:>)

  4. Hi Rosemary, you did an 'extraordinary' job on this post, which is both informative and interesting on so many levels. I also went to your sites and tried to post a comment on the one aboutyour personal fight with diabetes, but it refused my comment--who knows why. Here it is below:

    Thank for you for an enlightening story about the ravages of diabetes. I know Rosemary as a pesonal friend and am aware of both her suffering and her indomitable spirit that keeps her alive and pushing forward.

    I highly admire you for your dedication to the eradicationof this disease which has killed or sickened many of my friends and relatives.

    Love, Micki