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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E
Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education.
Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit's intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., M.S.N.
Peggy Moreland is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Peggy graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. A certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.), Peggy enjoys working with patients to set and achieve diabetes self-management goals.
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A life not defined by diabetes
By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.
During this Thanksgiving season, I'd like to pay a small tribute to Gladys Dulls. Who's Gladys Dulls? She's one of the first people with type 1 diabetes to take insulin, following insulin's discovery in 1922. She's also one of the longest survivors with type 1 diabetes.
In November 1924, at the age of seven, Gladys became deathly ill and was diagnosed with diabetes. Gladys was instructed to eat meat and avoid carbohydrates in an attempt to control her blood glucose. At this time, insulin had just been discovered, but very few physicians had access to the new miracle drug.
Gladys' family scraped together enough money for a train trip to Rochester, Minn., and took Gladys to the Mayo Clinic. Gladys received her first insulin injection and has since taken 60,000 + more. By 2007, Gladys had been on insulin therapy for 83 years — longer than any person in history. Gladys didn't let diabetes slow her down. She got married, had a son, worked part-time for 30 years in a portrait studio, and was a snowmobile rider and hiker.
After doing some internet research, it appears Gladys passed away in 2008 at the age of 91. If anyone knows anything different, please let me know. Gladys attributed her longevity to her rigorous self-discipline. She said, "I am careful to eat the right foods and to not eat too much food." Genetics also played a role in protecting her against diabetes complications.
Here's to you, Gladys Dull, for the strength and courage to lead a life not defined by your diabetes.
Have a good week.