After Thoughts: Barbara “Babs” Campbell

On September 7, 2012 by Scott K. Johnson
Babs and her beautiful family

Babs and her beautiful family

Is it possible for me to have a new “favorite” episode each week?

Babs has had an incredible journey over the past few years ranging from a misdiagnosis of type 2 diabetes to an aggressive form of breast cancer.  Just over a year later, she’s shining brightly and sharing her story.  Last year she did the Komen Kansas City Race for the Cure in a wheelchair, fighting up the strength to cross the finish line on her own two feet.  This year, she ran the 5k course!

She has courageously shared her journey, inspiring many of us along the way.  George talked specifically about the power of a blog post Babs wrote called “At Least It’s Not Cancer…“, a post that struck a chord for many of us.

I know my two conditions are my own, and this may not be the case with every cancer, or every case of diabetes, but for me. . .I’d take this cancer over diabetes, any day of the week!


Just wow.

The world seemed to stop for me as she recounted this feeling.  It was a strong reminder that living with diabetes is a hard thing, and that we should not ever discount the hard work and fight we put forward.  And most of all, that we should not ever feel guilty or blame ourselves for any of it, especially when things aren’t going well for us.  Diabetes is a hard fight without an end.  Do not discount how hard and exhausting it is.

We spent a bit of time talking about dealing with diabetes while going through all of the treatments that her cancer called for (chemo, radiation, steroids), as well as her journey into using nutrition to make her as healthy as possible.

Babs relied heavily on her (already) strong faith through all of this. Leaning into it more rather than doubting and questioning is a testament to her character and another inspiring aspect to her story.

Thank you Babs, for all that you are and all that you do.  You are amazing!

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