Friday, June 3, 2011

Admiration and Grace.

I am sure I'm not the first to tell you that bad things can happen to the very best of people. Life can seem quite unfair, that way.

Sometimes those things engulf us. That misfortune takes us over; feels so much more powerful than our ability to deal with it. It's so hard to not let that happen.

But other times, you meet someone who somehow seems rise above it. They deal with those blows so gracefully; with such poise, that about all you can do is feel nothing but admiration.

That's my friend, Barbara Campbell.

She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (LADA) only a few years ago, and was recently also diagnosed with breast cancer. In her words, "I have Invasive Ductile Carcinoma, Stage 2b, Grade 3. It is aggressive and it is spreading... [but] I’m happy to report, that after three treatments, the tumor is shrinking." There isn't much information out there about people living with both diabetes and cancer - studies? Sure. But real-life "living with it"? Not so much.

In lieu of writing something of my own today, I want to ask that you go over to Diabetes Mine and read her guest post there today. Then, go read her blog. She's an amazing lady who I feel completely honored to know, and to be able to count as a friend.

Hugs to you, Barb. Many, many hugs.


  1. You are SO wonderful. Thank you for this. .

  2. I agree with Kim. Babs is pretty amazing. Much love.

  3. I'll check it out, thanks for the link! I can't imagine..and pray you are healed, Barbara!

  4. I always thought that life wasn't cruel enough to offer diabetes AND ___________ (any life altering fill-in-the-blank condition). I seriously admire her strength. Big hugs and prayers and the very best of luck to you Barbara.


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