The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Parade Magazine Editor Shares About Living w/ Diabetes

I can’t think of anyone who hasn’t at least heard of Parade Magazine, the magazine that is included with most Sunday newspapers. Meet Fran Carpentier who is the Senior Editor for Parade. Not only does she originate story ideas, assign writers, and coordinate two of the magazine’s most popular annual issues — “What America Eats” and “Live Longer, Better, Wiser”– but she lives with Type 1 Diabetes.

This video above shows a glimpse into her daily routine. I thought the video was enlightening because I’ve watched my own mom juggle her diabetes while being the Registrar for a university law school in Oregon. People around you don’t always understand that you NEED TO EAT NOW! Or that you can be watching every morsel you put into your mouth to try to lose weight and suddenly your blood sugar drops and you need to find something like raisins FAST.

Doctors tell you to "lower your stress" and yet, your job is packed full of it. You race home to get in 60 minutes of walking around your neighborhood for exercise, you drop a few pounds, your put on a new medication and the pounds you’ve lost (and then some) come right back on. Very frustrating!

If you live with diabetes, you may find some comfort in knowing other people go through this same routine. I hope to be able to track down a way to contact Fran soon to see if she would be interested in learning more about National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. Not only does she "talk the talk" at work each day–but she’s definitely "walking that walk."


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