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. ..