“Joyful Diabetic” Will Ryan Addresses the Human Side of Diabetes

Will has learned a lot from living with diabetes for nearly 30 years. Most importantly, the disease has taught him to pay attention to attitude.  A seasoned speaker and accomplished Toastmaster, Will’s sessions are designed to motivate fellow diabetics and the medical community to go beyond the classic triangle of diabetes treatment.  Success with taking medication, moderating food intake and exercising requires commitment and a belief that it’s possible to enjoy and even relish life in spite of having an incurable disease.

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the 21st century.  Given the fact that treatment is complex and that most medical specialists carry enormous case loads, people with diabetes often feel there isn’t enough time to talk about the emotional aspect of their disease.  Will Ryan’s programs are designed to address the non-medical aspects of diabetes.

Like many, Will ignored his doctor’s warnings when he was first diagnosed with Type II diabetes (read My Diabetes Life Begins  and He Got My Attention for his diabetes diagnosis story).  He denied the long-term implications of the disease.  But then he got motivated and lost 60 pounds, began exercising and taking his medication regularly.  Today, although insulin dependent, he’s healthy, happy and eager to share his discoveries about living with diabetes.  As a professional motivational speaker, Ryan focuses on attitude—on acceptance and even joy about having diabetes.

Here are some ways in which Ryan’s inspirational programs can be packaged and delivered to the diabetic community:

  • Keynote introductory sessions featuring interactions with the audience
  • Half-day motivational rallies for diabetics
  • Periodic videos on different diabetes-related topics
  • Motivational materials for ongoing support groups
  • Online videos available to individuals on home computers
  • Regular webinars facilitated by Ryan
  • Sessions for partners of diabetics
  • Sessions from the diabetics’ point of view for doctors and others who treat people with diabetes

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