Totally Hogsome. ~ Missy Moran Capestrain

Leslie Adams is not your typical wife, mother, and pool player. Also she is a small business owner (“Blossoms & Memories,” Cerro Gordo, six years,) and co-chairperson for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) “Kiss a Pig Gala” (Springfield, IL, 5 years).

In her business, Leslie transforms silk, fresh, and even dried flowers into mementos such as bracelets, necklaces rosaries and keychains. Customers entrust her with flowers from special events such as the birth of a child, prom, wedding, funeral, or whatever event one may deem personally valuable. Leslie Adams can do it and do it very well, short or long distance. She can be found on Facebook, at her website, or directly phone her business at 217-791-7510.

In her down time between work, wife, mother, and playing pool, Leslie Adams is a philanthropist of sorts, raising funds for a major disease — one that is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States: Diabetes.

This disease that is running rampant here in the U.S. consists of two separate and distinct classifications: Type I, a genetic autoimmune disease formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes. While children certainly can be in this group, more and more adults are being diagnosed with this type, while more and more children fall under Type II. Type I is not caused by heredity (genetics, per se), but men and women alike can carry a predisposition for it, thus having children who may or may not develop Type I, but certainly will then be carriers of the gene, passing it onto their children who may or may not develop Type I, and so on, and so on.

Type II Diabetes is the one which usually comes to mind when speaking of the fast growing illness in the United States — as well as talks involving corn syrup permeating many, many foods on our grocery shelves — appears in children adults alike and is completely preventable. Overall, diabetes can lead to death in the form of heart attack, complications during surgery, and slow healing time of wounds. This Type is not genetic, but rather caused by environmental factors, namely diet.

A healthy diet low in carbohydrates and sugars as well as high in fruits vegetables along with regular exercise are very important factors in both Type I and Type II, but causal in Type II.