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USVI First Lady Yolanda Bryan shares personal journey with Diabetes

November 15th, 2023 | Tags:
First Lady Yolanda Bryan. Photo: Internet Source

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- "Over Fourteen years ago my life changed forever. The lab results were in, the doctor entered the hospital room and said the dreaded words that I will never forget, 'she has Diabetes Type 1' (DT1)," USVI first lady First Lady Yolanda Bryan said in a statement on her personal Journey.

She added that the doctor spoke about the next steps forward of managing the chronic disease in terminology that can only be described as sounding like Charlie Brown’s teacher talking. Anyone that remembers Charlie Brown’s teacher speak it sounded exactly like: “Bwa ba bwa bwa bwa.” 

I recall it crushing to hear, but even worse, looking into my daughter’s fearful eyes. I was determined that she would live as normally as possible, and she did just that! She danced ballet, received her diving certification, played club and was on her school’s varsity volleyball team, she even represented the USVI on the Junior National Volleyball and Basketball Teams and excelled in school. Today, despite episodes of neuropathy, she is a thriving twenty-six-year-old woman who continues to make me proud every single day! 

As a mother with a child living with DT1, I know all too well the psychological upheaval that takes place in a household when faced with the many challenges of this chronic disease. Stress in the areas of social, medical resource availability, emotional and financial strain among many others take effect when the unpredictable symptoms of this diabetes strike.

Not to mention the psychological distress and compounding stronghold that diabetes has on children afflicted by this illness. Whether you live with DT-1 or DT-2, it is important to have open conversations and raise awareness about diabetes. 

Living with diabetes does not have to be a death sentence, however, it can be challenging, both physically and mentally, but know that you are not alone in this fight. Seek out support from local medical providers, online support groups, and counseling for individuals and families.

It is also important learn how to incorporate nutritional food, the glycemic index for learning how to control sugar spikes, in addition to healthy plate portion control practices and regular exercise routines---and of course monitor your glucose levels regularly.

As the holidays are upon us, let us be reminded to be mindful of portion control and the quantity of carbohydrates that we consume. I know the Thanksgiving feast looks delicious; however, you may want to choose between seasoned rice and stuffing. 

During National Diabetes Month we remind ourselves that education is key when it comes to addressing diabetes. Let us break down barriers and foster empathy as we discuss one of the most prevalent health conditions worldwide - diabetes.

As a caretaker, I share my personal journey with diabetes with the hope that it will be of some encouragement to those in our community who it may inspire to take action. Together with awareness, education, and all our resources both nationally and locally we will win this battle. Until a cure is found.

18 Responses to “USVI First Lady Yolanda Bryan shares personal journey with Diabetes”

  • vex (15/11/2023, 19:41) Like (10) Dislike (22) Reply
    We want to hear about the devoice
    • @vex (16/11/2023, 07:24) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      Speak for yourself!!!
    • @vex (17/11/2023, 11:01) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Why don’t you learn how to mind your damn business. The topic is about Diabetes not her personal life. The word is correctly spelled divorce, not devolve. Another bush man or woman just came out of the bushes on the Ox Cart. STOP WITH THE STUPID, MAKE IT MAKE SENSE.
  • Jamie (15/11/2023, 20:50) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you so much First Lady for sharing.
    • FEO GOMEZ (16/11/2023, 08:29) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Eat a balance diet and feed your children a balance diet instead of spoiling them and letting them eat whatever. Try some discipline how bout that. God does fix undisciplined humans.
  • snagglepuss (16/11/2023, 08:22) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Their governor has to be a fool to divorce her, heavens to murgatroyd she is beautiful
    • Jay (16/11/2023, 08:46) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      Looks is not everything
      • @jay (16/11/2023, 10:11) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        You're right! Looks are only important if those looks make him look good to the public and feel good about himself. When she fails to do this, and instead points out his selfishness, conceit and lack of respect for her (which is obvious to all), looks are no longer important.
  • SOLIDARITY (16/11/2023, 08:44) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    OMG cannot imagine with all thid you are going through a divorce.. Sorry I do not know all the facts but if you were diagnosed 14 years ago and been married for 27, then why the divorce. I ask the Governor why the divorce sir?

    Did you not vow to love this lady in sickness and in health. till death do you part? OMG This is horrible! to say the list. knowing that stress and frustration can even cause the condition to worsen, although medical science says there is no cure for stage 1, but at least it is manageable My dear first Lady keep the faith and continue to walk with your head high, trust that recovery will come sooner rather than later.
  • time will tell (16/11/2023, 09:41) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    So where was she all these years to lend her voice to the cause? Why wait till now to have a say? Something fishy here!!!
    • Struppes (16/11/2023, 19:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      What coulda cause people like you to be so dumb. Do you think she asked this news site to publish anything? Not because its the first Tola hearing about it mean its the first she has advocated. Ayo too shallow
  • Comment (16/11/2023, 15:15) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Wow she got to done something really bad for all of this ,am not here to judge cause I really don't kno if she the problem are he .
  • Reading Is Fundamental (16/11/2023, 15:29) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    You people just like to grab at a picture and a headline without reading and comprehending. Mrs. Bryan is sharing about the diagnosis for one of her children having diabetes. We sensationalize and scrutunize every single thing without understanding the facts. The article could have been clearer and appear to show more awareness of parents who have children with diabetes. Her name was in the news yesterday and so that headline is still fresh in people head. Sickness is no respecter of persons and I wish her daughter and all the young people out there trying to manage diabetes a healthy way of life.
  • Pink Cherry (16/11/2023, 16:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's her daughter, now 26 year old. Amazingly she has lived a normal life, and has been quite successful.
    Don't let Diabetes be a death sentence. One can live a normal life with proper diet and exercise.
  • Observer (16/11/2023, 21:22) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    No wedding ring in the picture either.
    • @Observor (17/11/2023, 10:51) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      When a woman or a man stop wearing their wedding ring, that is one of the signs that the marriage is over or about to be over. Then you have the ones who’s marriage is over is still wearing the ring. That is why I am and choose to be ANTI MARRIAGE. Marriage is not based on love, it is a business arrangement, when you put your John Hancock on the wedding certificate or what ever they call it, that is your contract.
  • Don’t blame her (17/11/2023, 08:44) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes, take his behind to the cleaners girl. Get that divorce and don’t let him walk away with as much as a pair of socks. DON’T GET MAD, GET EVEN. I divorced the no good smoke and mirrors one and he will be lucky if he walk away with a pair of underwear. I help build our home and I am NOT leaving the home, if I leave the home, he will have to buy me out and I am not talking anything under one million dollars.

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