I am a diabetic. I felt it a nuisance the first few years I carried the family curse. But the more I've aged, reality that this disease is a killer has set in.
This headline hurt to read, because Johnny was a good friend and an inspiration for me.
Thursday December 11, 2008, 8:10 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Johnny C. Quarles, who wrote more than 12 novels set in the American West, has died. He was 62.
His wife, Wendy Quarles, said her husband died Sunday after suffering a stroke on Sept. 24. He also had suffered from diabetes.
His books included "Fools Gold," ''Black Creek," and "The Run."
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children.
There are other writers whose lives touched mine.
Judi McCoy, Cape Charles, died 02-18-2012.
Went into a diabetic coma Thanksgiving, 2011, and was hospitalized until her death.
Judy Russell Christenberry
August 5, 1944 - November 8, 2013
Lived her last years in a nursing home.
Others in our industry who had/have diabetes:
Richard Bartlett - Screenwriter
David Broder - Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist (The Washington Post). Broder died of complications from diabetes on March 9, 2011 at the age of 81. In 1973, Broder won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Watergate scandal that caused President Richard Nixon to resign from office.
Bryan Busby - KMBC Chief Meteorologist (Kansas City, Missouri)
Fran Carpentier - Parade Magazine Editor
Sylvia Chase - Journalist (20/20)
Rodolfo Garcia - AP Reporter
Linda Goodman - Horoscope Book Author
Jim Hamblin - California Newsman
Ernest Hemingway - Author (For Whom the Bell Tolls; A Farewell to Arms; The Sun Also Rises)
Phebe Robinson Jacobsen - Archivist who worked with Alex Haley on Roots
Nicole Johnson - dLifeTV co-host; Miss America 1999; author and diabetes advocate.
Ken Kesey - Novelist (One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest)
Larry King – Talk show host
Lyle Leverich - Biographer
Chris Matthews – News anchor and political commentator (Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Chris Matthews Show)
Maria Marin - International Speaker, Columnist, Author and Radio Personality
Steve McCaffery - Canadian Author, Poet
Bruce Andrew Peters - Award-Winning Photojournalist
Connie Pirner - Teaching consultant for National Geographic
Mario Puzo - Author (The Godfather)
Anne Rice - Author (Interview With a Vampire)
Carl Rowan - Nationally-syndicated columnist and author
Gary Scheiner - Author, Certified diabetes educator
H. G. Wells - Author (War of the Worlds; The Time Machine; The Invisible Man) founded the British Diabetic Association
Laura Ingalls Wilder – Author
Last Modified Date: May 22, 2013
This disease IS manageable! There is no cure as yet, but if you're living with diabetes, there are steps to take that give you a better quality of life.
Don't become another statistic this season. Be a role model for children living with diabetes. Maybe...your own. Few things will lower glucose, but eating a heart healthy diet and exercising are both a must-do.