Have you ever burned your feet in a campfire? I did! 2nd and 3rd-degree burns, but I never even felt a THING!
That's what happens with Neuropathy, one of the many crippling complications brought on by diabetes.
Hi Jage, This is Jon McMahon, you watched my trailer yesterday for my docuseries: iThrive! Rising from the Depths of Diabetes & Obesity.
When you have neuropathy, you can't feel anything, then you injure your feet a lot more by stepping on things, bumping into things, getting infections, etc.
I got up and walked around in the sand for an hour, and still noticed nothing until I got home and saw my feet and sandals were SOAKED in blood!
The next morning my doctor warned me, "Jon if your feet get infected and the infection goes to your blood, we will probably have to amputate." AMPUTATE!? Cut off my feet??? "Stay off your feet," he said, "for one to two months."
I went home depressed. Wouldn't you be? What was I going to do about my docuseries?
For the next few months I was supposed to be traveling North America interviewing fascinating doctors, scientists and experts about diabetes and obesity--not staying at home in bed!
What about my dream of making a difference in people's lives? It seemed like I'd failed again. Honestly, I wanted to cry.
But that's when it happened... That's when I remembered the young obese girl I saw with her mother a few weeks earlier... her two sisters were thin but she was obese. I felt for her because I know what it's like. "Do it for her," I thought.
"Stay the course with this docuseries! No matter what! And if they cut off my feet, then so be it!
"This is where I make my stand. "This is my work to do... "And so I took off... against my doctors' orders, but following my heart... And amazing things happen when you step out in faith... One after the next, the interviews fell into place...
I was talking with the leading people on the cutting edge science of diabetes, obesity, nutrition and wellness."
And those feet of mine? Well, they're taking longer to heal than they would have if I obeyed my doctor, but by God's grace, they're still there! And so am I!" And so is the docuseries... and it's going LIVE to the world, February 27th!"
I can't wait for you to see it... And I sure hope you'll take a moment and share it with your friends! If we can help save one child--or one parent--or one anybody--from the crippling, dehumanizing effects of diabetes and obesity, then let's do it!