Nell Carter was an award winning actress. She was in Broadway productions of ‘Ain’t Micbehavin’ and Dreamgirls. She played the role of Effie White, the same character made famous recently by Jennifer Hudson. You may remember her on TV in Gimme a Break and Ryan’s Hope. She had a sucessful career as a singer and an actress for 30 years.
Nearly a decade ago, Nell Carter announced that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. At the time she was quoted as saying, “When I first found out I had diabetes, I denied it.” She went on to say, “Being diabetic was not what I thought of as being normal, and I feared the stigma and having to take medicine and having people stick me with a needle,” she says. “No question about it: I just didn’t want the disease — but I definitely needed to hear about it.”
Do you feel that way?
Before you decide, remember how Nell’s story ended. In 2003, at the age of 54 she died of heart disease complicated by diabetes. Did you know that diabetics are four times more likely to have heart disease and strokes? Heart attacks are the leading cause of diabetes-related deaths. Her life was cut short by diabetes and the world lost an extremely talented entertainer.
Remember Nell. Don’t deny your diabetes; manage it. Don’t let your story end like hers.