V. J. Almond/Walking in Memory of Gaynella Green
I am walking to honor the memory of my friend, Gaynella Green. I was diagnosed with Diabetes in 1996. In 2007, we both were seeing the same doctor at the local clinic, and were recommended to take classes in order to manager our diabetes better. We became acquainted during the clinic visit, and later in the classes, realizing that we both had Type 2 Diabetes, which brought us closer together. We set out to learn more about the disease and how best to live healthier lives despite having it. We gathered any and all information available to us regarding the disease. In addition, whenever possible we attended informational meetings to help expand and reinforce our knowledge of Type 2 Diabetes. We did not stop there, but rather we always aspired to share whatever we learned with others.
Gaynella was very much a community activist and always strived to help others in need. Quite literally, she passed away doing what she loved, helping others. On the day of her passing, she was volunteering at a monthly neighborhood food giveaway. Given her propensity to help others, it was only fitting that when the opportunity to take culinary classes and share information about foods and meal preparation best designed to help keep blood sugar numbers down presented itself, she was thrilled to be able to participate. In fact, we attended and participated in these classes together. Being the helper that she was, she did not hesitate to share information learned regarding healthy eating habits and best food preparation ideas for those with Type 2 Diabetes with family members and friends. Additionally, attending classes together not only made them more fun and interesting, but made it possible for us to take on the task of being one another’s support system which only strengthened our bond and heightened our quest to fight diabetes.
Subsequently, it is my pleasure to walk in honor of my friend, Gaynella. What I know for sure is that, this is exactly what she would have done if she were still alive and given the opportunity. In doing so, I am hopeful that once again I can feel as though we are supporting one another in an effort to combat this awful disease, a disease that contributes to so many, many other underlying conditions. Therefore, it is my intent to participate in the American Diabetes Step Out Walk in 2021 and for years to come. In addition, I will continue to gather information regarding Type 2 Diabetes and learn all I can about it in order to help others understand the importance of controlling their numbers, just as Gaynella worked diligently to accomplish that very same goal. Success in life is always better when it is a team effort or at least when you have someone offering support. Through the American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk, I hope to continue Gaynella’s legacy of helping others.