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Co-Host of ‘The View’ Sherri Shepherd Discusses Life with Type 2 Diabetes at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Oct. 4

July 01, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is proud to announce Sherri Shepherd, Comedienne, Actress, and Co-Host of the award-winning daytime show “The View,” as the next speaker for the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Distinguished Speaker Series. 

Shepherd will speak about living with diabetes on Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. 

Days before she debuted on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime television show, “The View,” doctors diagnosed Shepherd with Type 2 diabetes, the same disease that took her mother’s life. Shepherd says getting the diagnosis was a wake-up call to change her life or face leaving her son without a mother.

With the help of her doctors, Shepherd lost more than 40 pounds, and made healthful lifestyle changes to bring her diabetes under control. She even showed off her new figure by participating in the hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars.”

Shepherd writes about her journey to “beat” diabetes in her book “Plan D.” She also writes about the cultural barriers behind the widespread disease, saying she was raised by a “tribe of peg legs.” Shepherd says that growing up, she saw many friends and family members who had amputations as a result of their diabetes. She explains what she had to do to get ahead of the denial that led to her mother’s death, at age 41, from “the sugar.” Shepherd is never shy about admitting that controlling her diabetes is an ongoing struggle. She shares her experiences out of concern over the alarming rate at which Americans are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Earlier this spring, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi presented Oceanographer and Deep Sea Explorer Dr. Robert Ballard before a Performing Arts Center audience on March 26. All net proceeds from the Distinguished Speaker Series go toward scholarships for students attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Tickets for Shepherd will go on sale Monday, Sept. 2. Ticket prices range from $28-$48. VIP seating will also be available. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students will be able to get in free with a SandDollar$ ID card. Area students can get in free with a valid student ID card.To read more about Shepherd or learn more about the Distinguished Speaker Series, click HERE.


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