Diabetes is a difficult disease to treat. This is mainly due to there being so many misconceptions and theories about how to effectively manage it. Even medical professionals are unsure as to how to treat diabetes.
Hardhead Diabetic, Inc. was established out of the frustration our founder, Rica Rich, endured during her 10 year battle of trying and failing to find adequate medical professionals who understood her unique needs as a Hardhead Diabetic. Conventional medical protocols and approaches for diabetes did not help her grasp the future value and significance of regulated blood sugars.
As a result, she eventually ended up in the hospital where she thankfully found a different type of doctor — one who actually listened to her. She did not know if the way he communicated with her was instinctive or if he truly understood her personality type; whichever it was, it was effective. In less than a year, Rica's HbA1C went from a 14 to a 7.9. Her levels have continued to decrease and have been a manageable number for the last 12 years.
Unfortunately, shortly after finally getting her blood sugar regulated, Rica lost her vision. This was a result of 10-years of uncontrolled diabetes. However, this loss sparked in her the need to research diabetes more extensively. Her research coupled with her earlier years of frustration further fertilized the seeds which created our company.
Almost 30 years has passed since Rica’s diagnosis of diabetes and the only actual advancements for treatment of the disease has been in new medications. Nothing much has changed about the way a diabetic is educated or on which subjects they are informed regarding their disease.
That is why, in 2006, Rica's passion for distributing useful information about diabetic care reached its boiling point. In addition to her long held desire to write a book about her experiences with medical care as a diabetic; now she had a desire to start a company that would help people navigate the pitfalls she encountered which led to the loss of her eyesight. She learned everything she could about the disease and hit the streets to talk to people of every background about diabetes. She found most people could not converse well on the subject except for the complications it caused. She knew she had to provide anyone interested with good resources for an approach that would be practical and effective for attacking diabetes.
Where We Are Going
The driving force behind our company today is to show others like Rica how to "tame the wild beast" that is diabetes. As we grow, we will be adding video tutorials, live and archived, daily posts chronicling Rica’s HbA1C reduction through use of food combing, motivational text options for those struggling with a new diagnosis, resources for finding Hardhead-friendly doctors and much more.
Using our Company, books, and website, we hope to help aid your “Hardhead” process so you too can successfully navigate diabetes control without having to give up who you are or what you enjoy and love.