Kathy P.


Hi.  My name is Kathy P and I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 40 years, since age 20.  My extended family is mobbed with type 1’s. I hated living with diabetes.  I found it a total disruption to every aspect of my daily life. But, 3 years ago, my life was really disrupted by unexpected cancer surgery and the resulting complication of “multiple organ shutdown syndrome”.  I was told I’d never be able to walk, breathe without oxygen and would need to be on dialysis until an kidney was secured. Well, I think it was the prior experience of living with the diabetes that made me fight to regain my health. (Surprising the heck out of every provider I was dealing with.)  Today I walk just fine, breathe just fine, and after 14 months on dialysis my kidneys miraculously recovered.

In the aftermath, diabetes currently seems to be a normal part of my routine, which now also includes crossing things off my bucket list, like learning to play bluegrass fiddle at age 60!


  1. 1) I love this project, Edward! Thank you for all of your hard work, sacrifices, and VISION!! It’s amazing!

    2) I’m SO THRILLED to see my friend Kathy here! She is an absolute treasure and inspires me with smiles, wise words, bits of snark, and lots of laughter – I just can’t get enough of her.

    Thank you for shining a light on such a beautiful soul.

  2. Colleen says:

    Kathy is a perfect fit for giving people lots and lots and lots of encouragement.
    She is an amazing support to everyone.

  3. Katie says:

    Kathy is so welcoming and kind to all the diabetics in the Twin Cities! Very glad to see her honored here and to read her story today.

  4. Kelly Booth says:

    I am glad that you are a fighter Kathy and able to beat the odds!

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