Lala Jackson Talks About “Beyond Powerful”, Her Own Diabetes and Chronic Illness
Lala Jackson is the talented author behind “Beyond Powerful: Your Chronic Illness is Not Your Kryptonite”. She’s also a type 1 diabetic.
Diabetes is a chronic and autoimmune disease. For type 1 diabetics, it appears in childhood and can only be managed by a lifelong management. The treatment, which for many diabetics consists in multiple shots of insulin a day, several glucose checks and careful dieting, might be tough to balance with a “normal” everyday life.
But Lala isn’t letting her diabetes define who she is. Instead, she prefers to focus on how many things she has learned already – even those that she learned by being sick. “We get to learn so much from it”, she confides, that she feels like they can do anything they want to.
Her decision to write this book came from a conversation she had with Angela. Angela asked what in her life had made her be brave. Lala’s answer, half mumbled, was “my diabetes”. Yet she didn’t want to be “the diabetic that everyone knows and that’s all she talks about.”
Now that she has done it, it feels “silly” that she did not want to go there. There are thousands of young women like her, which she now meets all the time. She even picked up some strong endorsements along the way, like Miss America 1999, Nicole Johnson, who’s also a type 1 diabetic and an advocate for Diabetes care. Other powerful women dealing with illness, like Paleo Mom, came through as well.
However, her book isn’t about Diabetes or being sick. It’s about being powerful and brave – anyone struggling with chronic illness, or close to someone struggling, can relate to it. You can find it now on Amazon:
“Living with chronic illness is no easy feat, but like many other superhumans battling chronic illnesses Lala has motivated me to push harder to break through the barriers in my life. “
T. Clouden on https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Powerful-Chronic-Illness-Kryptonite-ebook/dp/B01LA6AXKY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
“I could ask my colleagues to read this same book and trust they would finish it better equipped to advocate for and work with both students and colleagues who live with chronic illness. This book will be on my recommended reading list for many years to come.”
Philips T.H., higher education teacher, on https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Powerful-Chronic-Illness-Kryptonite-ebook/product-reviews/B01LA6AXKY/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_paging_btm_1?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent&pageNumber=1