Sue Isawa became fascinated by children admitted with type 1 diabetes working at a medical center in 1977. Determined to learn more about the disease and its management, she enrolled in diabetes education classes and was on her to becoming a diabetes educator.
In 1982, Sue traveled to Africa to serve on a medical mission. While living there, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes herself. She has successfully managed her own diabetes for 24 years, while helping to train and educate others to do the same. She started using an insulin pump 7 years ago and is now the lead pump trainer at Humphreys Diabetes Center, a freestanding not-for-profit regional diabetes center in Boise, Idaho.