Why I Am Thankful – Part Three

Posted 11.19.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

You may have read Sarah and Mallory’s “Why I’m Thankful” posts over the last couple weeks. In case you missed them, we are sharing what we are most thankful for in our lives. Here are my reasons for being thankful this Thanksgiving!

First and foremost I am thankful for my family and friends. I am fortunate to have such a supportive and loving family.

Another important thing I am thankful for is my health When I was just 8 years old I was diagnosed as a type 1 Diabetic. At the time it was a very new and frightening thing. The fact that I had to live with diabetes for the rest of my life (and give myself insulin injections on a daily basis) was a big adjustment for me and my family to deal with.

Although I have been diabetic for about 20 years, I have made it my goal to make sure my diabetes is controlled. Besides the fact I have this condition, I am fairly healthy otherwise. I always feel it could have been much worse for me, and I am thankful that it wasn’t. With the future of medical science, more and more tools are being introduced to help diabetics control their sugars (as well as help manage other conditions). I make sure to eat a balanced meal and exercise daily (although that may be easier said than done!). With the help of my family I have been able to live a full life regardless of my condition.

Finally, I am thankful for the fact that I can help families in need. As a nutrition specialist for Nutricia North America, specializing in infant nutrition, I am able to help many families by educating them about our formulas. Everything from explaining to parents and caregivers how to use and mix the formula correctly, what to expect when their child is on it, and how to make sure they are doing everything correctly, has truly helped Neocate families and it’s extremely rewarding to know that I’m a part of that process. I have always wanted to use my knowledge of nutrition to help people make the best decisions for their health. Being a nutrition specialist has helped me to do that and I am so thankful for it.

- Christine

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