Whether it’s her tireless efforts with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) or her family and life-coaching career, Laura Kronen, 46, puts her heart and soul into everything she does, and makes a big impact.
How do you give back to the community?
I’ve had type 1 diabetes for the past 23 years and the everyday struggle is real for me, as well as for the millions afflicted throughout the world. I volunteer with JDRF, taking an active role in diabetes advocacy and in promoting awareness. I will not stop until there is a cure.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Years ago, I gave a speech while my blood sugar was severely low. I started babbling incoherently and ran off the stage—the diabetic equivalent of being on stage in your underwear. I drank a juice box, composed myself and went back out, explaining what happened and using the opportunity to educate a large group of people about diabetes.
What do you do to maintain some life balance?
I’ve let go of perfectionism and stay true to my path. My family always comes first. However, one of my favorite analogies is, “you need to put the oxygen mask on yourself first.” So I will get up at 5 a.m. to work out if I need to because, if I feel good and my mindset is right, everything else falls into place.
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