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03 Aug

Affects of Diabetes in Our Communities

Posted by United Houma Nation on Sunday, August 03, 2014

I feel sadden, disheartened and ultimately resolved to share with you my observations of the harm diabetes is causing in our communities.  A tribal elder passed on this week after living with diabetes for a number of years.  The condition had been waging war with her for many years and seemed to take more and more from her as the years rolled by.  Near the end of her life her physician had recommended amputation; however, knowing her time on Earth was nearing its end, she was determined to enter her afterlife intact and whole.  I was awed by the strength and determination of my elder to maintain control of her physical body til the end.

However, at her funeral I was struck by the full effect of this disease on our community.  As all her friends and family came together to celebrate her life, I was struck by the scene of so many of our citizens using wheelchairs and missing limbs because of diabetes.

Our people have struggled for generations for our survival.  There have been many enemies who have threatened our existence and our people have always overcome.  Today we fight this silent enemy that attacks in the shadows person by person.  Our Tribe's most treasured possessions are YOU - our people.  Please join me and our tribal partners in the fight against diabetes.  I urge all of you who are diagnosed with diabetes to register with the UHN Diabetes Registry to ensure we notify you of the many programs and projects we are creating to assist you with staying ahead of this disease.  To register, please complete the attached form below.  Yakoke et bien merci for taking this step towards the greater health of our communities.

Thomas Dardar, Jr.

Principal Chief


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Type 1
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pills
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insulin
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pills and insulin
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Outpatient Diabetes Clinic or Center
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