When first diagnosed with diabetes, many people understandably lament the limitations the disease will have on their lives. But Urban Miyares, a legally blind Vietnam veteran with type 1 diabetes, proves that a “can do” attitude and effective management can turn an upsetting diagnosis into boundless possibilities.
In the season premiere of TCOYD on June 28 at 8pm, Dr. Steven Edelman talks with Miyares, an accomplished athlete in both skiing and sailing, about his remarkable achievements in the face of a medical challenge.
About Urban Miyares:
Urban Miyares is a nationally recognized, blinded Vietnam veteran with diabetes, an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and educator, mentor, author/writer, inventor and patent holder, a television and film personality, and world-class athlete!
In 1985, Urban founded the Disabled Businesspersons Association, a national, volunteer=based charity assisting in the rehabilitation and back-to-work of people with disabilities. He is also director of both the Western Region Veterans Business Resource Center and Challenged America, a free learn-to-sail recreational rehabilitation program for kids and adults with disabilities. Urban was a member of the record-setting Challenged America 2003 Transpac Team, the first crew of sailors with significant disabilities to race in the 98-year history of the Transpacific (“Transpac”) Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. In 2004, Urban received a kidney transplant and has been able to continue his busy life-style without interruption.