This page is dedicated to my brother Martin. He gave me permission to post some personal photos of him in hopes that it will help others who struggle with diabetes. He said, “If this will scare the shit out of people and help them try to take care of themselves, then I will be happy.” Below is a picture of Martin in the mid 90’s playing with my daughter.
Martin has been battling diabetes since his early teens. He is currently 41. He underwent a kidney and pancreas transplant in June 2009. He had four toes removed and eventually his right leg just below the knee in July 2011. He is legally blind, takes 25 pills a day, and attends dialysis treatment 3 times a week. Below are some pictures of his right foot and leg before and after the amputation.
In spite of all of his challenges Martin has a positive attitude and tries to live life to its fullest. Martin is a car enthusiast and participates in shows in the Chicago area and often wins first place. He never complains about his situation and is very brave. I often hear him encourage others to take care of themselves and I am proud to call him my brother.
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