Rick Mystrom Tackles Diabetes by Example with New Book
Rick Mystrom, former mayor of Anchorage, 1994-2000, has written a new book, My Wonderful Life with Diabetes, due to hit the shelves of stores the middle of October 2013. His mission? “I want to show others they can live a healthy life with diabetes. I was diagnosed fifty years ago, and, with one exception, diabetes has never stopped me doing what I wanted to do. And I’ve maintained my health and activities.” Those activities include softball, tennis, golf, water-skiing, wake surfing, scuba diving, snow skiing, snowshoeing and snowmachining. He has also coached over 20 youth sports teams.
Mystrom has accumulated a lifetime of achievements and awards. He was named Alaska’s Small Business Person of the Year (1981) and one of America’s Top 3 Small Businessmen. He served two terms on the Anchorage Assembly and two terms as Mayor of Anchorage. He was also elected as Chairman of the Alaska Conference of Mayors and was twice Alaska’s Elected Official of the Year. He founded Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Alaska and Bridge Builders of Anchorage, to bring together people of all races and cultures in Anchorage and build a “Community of Friends,” and is a founding director of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.
He founded Anchorage Olympic Organizing and served as Chair of America’s Bid for the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games, but he’s nowhere near ready to hang up his skills and call it a day. “Diabetes has become an epidemic, in Alaska and in America. It’s time to turn that around, and we can, and we will. The future is healthy, and that’s I want to let people know. After 60,000 needle sticks, I have a comprehensive understanding of what different foods do to blood sugar in different situations and conditions. I’ve put my experience into this book to help diabetics avoid lows and control highs.”
His doctors, including Jeanne Bonar, MD, FACP, FACE, and Thomas Nighswander, MD, MPH were among those who urged Rick Mystrom to write a book. Dr. Bonar says, “He has become one of the most knowledgeable persons living with diabetes in my extensive practice and frequently serves as a role model and authoritative resource for others.”
My Wonderful Life with Diabetes is a memoir with a message: Diabetes, though daunting, can be the wake-up to help people take control of their health, and become healthier and happier. “I promised myself I would never complain about having diabetes. I didn’t hide it from my family, friends or employees; in fact, I asked them to keep an eye out for any problem blood sugar symptoms I might evince. This way they became part of the team, helping me over the inevitable rough spots diabetes can present.”
Book and speaking events in and out of state are filling Rick Mystrom’s calendar now, including APU Book Fair October 12, public book release party at Clarion Suites October16, Read Alaska November 29-December 1 (Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center), and events in Washington state beginning early next year. For more information, go to RickMystrom.com.
Mystrom’s second book, The New Diabetic Lifestyle, will come out Spring 2014, and feature graphs showing the exact impact of foods and combinations of foods on blood sugar.
My Wonderful Life with Diabetes by Rick Mystrom, is available on his web site in hardback (ISBN 978-159433393-4) and eBook, at fine bookstores, Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com, and from Publication Consultants at publicationconsultants.com.