What defines a Hero ?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-07-30 18:00:28 -0500
Started 2010-07-06 18:15:43 -0500

Hero; a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities.

Did you know that there is a silent hero here among us ?


Today I received notification of a gift, a gift presented to me from the kindness of one's heart.

The Grand Prize in the Diabetic Connect Anniversary Points Contest has been transfered to me because of my contributions here on this site, in truth, my contributions fail in comparison to those made by this true, silent hero and his major accomplishments.

I accept the gift graciously, but I would like to draw attention to the giver of this gift to me, Richard157.


Diabetes is just as old as man, yet the research and treatment of such is currently in it's infancy stages.
The history behind the treatment would seem barbaric by today's tools and standards, but it was necessary back then (50 +) years ago, glass syringes that were sterilized with alcohol or by boiling, needles that were thick, long, and painful and had to sharpened by hand, once a day insulin injections.

Richard is a true class act and hero, not because of the gift, but rather because of the longevity of surviving a disease that altered your lifestyle considerably decades ago, one that was once considered a death sentence of sort.

A brief history on diabetes:


In life we must look backwards in order to progress forward, the pioneers of diabetes research such as Richard and countless others have made life with diabetes easier for every one today.

Richard, I hope that I haven't embarrassed you with praise and honor, and I accept your gift although I'm at a loss for the appropriate words to say, "Thank You."

I just want others to know of your unselfish gift(s), and contributions to diabetes research.


6 replies

Richard157 2010-07-08 16:06:08 -0500 Report

Thanks Greg and Petals, you are both good friends. I appreciate what you have said.

Armourer 2010-07-30 18:00:28 -0500 Report

Wow, I've enjoyed many of your insights, and do wonder about having to live so long with this disease. Service to others, that's where it is at.

gregsteele 2010-07-08 07:19:17 -0500 Report

Richard you my friend are a class act to so unselfishly give not only of yourself through your contributions to this disease but toso graciously bestow that gift to mays you make me proud to share company with you and there is no one more deserving of your kindness than mays he truly is a hero just as you are god bless you both love to all GREG

petals 2010-07-06 20:38:36 -0500 Report

I think that both of you, Mays and Richard, are heros, I have learnt so much from the both of you. You both are kind,smart and worthy of praise. Without people like you two, who honsetly care about the people on this site, I would be lost and stumbling around for answers. So thank you both for being there.

Richard157 2010-07-06 19:18:52 -0500 Report

Mays, you do so much for Diabetic Connect and I spend very little time here. I feel the award should go to you, for that reason. I would have been embarrassed to accept the award. You are much more deserving. My history and lifetime contributions do not make me worthy of this award. Your contributions to the betterment of Diabetic Connect do indeed make you worthy.

Thanks for your praise!


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