We share numerous stories here at the ‘Mine about diabetes across the globe, and how many in our community are doing what they can to help those in need worldwide. Today, we’re excited to share a first-hand account of a fellow type 1 and friend here in Indianapolis, who spent three weeks this summer on a mission trip to Mozambique, Africa. Her aim: to help develop a health plan for the people in that Third World country.
I’ve been privileged to know Lori Pierson and her husband, David, for several years now thanks to our local Indy Adult D-Community meetups. Lori was diagnosed with type 1 as a kid, 32 years ago in 1982. She’s worked as a medical professional for 15 years — from a local women’s hospital to the past seven years at Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, where she conducts phone-coaching for members, helping them overcome psychosocial barriers that may be preventing them from reaching health goals.
Lori and Dave recently celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary, just after she returned home and he was on his own mission trip — marking their anniversary on 7/7/14 at 7:07a.m. (how about that for love of No. 7, right?!)
I’ve been fascinated to hear more about Lori’s experiences overseas and how she navigated the diabetes side, and we hope you are too!
A Guest Post by Lori Pierson
Although having a chronic health condition can add extra challenges to life, I have never allowed a type 1 diabetes affliction of 32 years to hinder what I wish to accomplish in life. I’m an avid athlete and enjoy running half marathons; it’s never stopped me from pursuing an education nor has it interfered with my being professionally successful. Overall, I have lived a normal life. This disease does not define me.
With that being said, a couple months ago I was facing a new and unknown challenge. I felt that Father God called me into the mission field in a third-world country — Mozambique, Africa. I joined a small seven-person medical team that created a Health Manual and Training Program to decrease the mortality rate among Mozambicans — especially children age 5 and under where the mortality rate is quite high.