Diabetes Self-Management Blog

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Jan Chait, beloved Diabetes Self-Management blogger for eight years, passed away on Sunday. Although her passing was sudden, she had been in declining health for several weeks, according to her husband Herschel.

You can learn a bit more about Jan by viewing her obituary in the Terre Haute–based Tribune-Star: http://www.tribstar.com/obituaries/x1736691634/Janna-C-Chait

Jan faced down incredibly difficult circumstances with grace, courage, and good humor, and was an inspiration for all of us. It was a pleasure getting to know Jan during her time with Diabetes Self-Management, and she will be greatly missed.


  1. So sad about this! I’ll miss Jan’s humorous approach to whatever life threw at her. My condolences to family and friends.

    Posted by Andrea |
  2. My condolences on the loss of such a wonderful lady. Sending prayers up for family and friends.

    Posted by Pam |
  3. I’m so sorry to hear this news. She has been a joy to get to know through her articles. I will pray for her loved ones as I know they are grieving. I will miss hearing from her as I know many others whose lives she has touched will!

    Posted by Kathy Smith |
  4. I am so sad to hear this. Jan was the whole reason I started reading this newsletter. My condolences to her family and friends.

    Posted by Jeff Dailey |
  5. Oh my goodness. My condolences to the family. I truly loved reading her blog. She showed a funny side to a serious disease.

    Posted by Lisa |
  6. I’m stunned and so sorry to hear this. Jan had such a depth of understanding about diabetes and was so talented in how she could share that understanding with other people with diabetes. My condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. I know many will miss her blogs.

    Posted by BK |
  7. I am just devastated by this news, though I never met Jan. Her blog has been so important to me over the years, mostly because she was just such a wonderful person and a great dvocate, but also because we shared a number of health issues. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and with the larger diabetes and disabled communites who will miss her upbeat spirit and ability to tell it like it is. Bless you, Jan, for all you have given us.

    Posted by Deb |
  8. Very sorry to hear this. Loved her bright witty approach to life, even when the issues she dealt with would have overwhelmed most people.

    Posted by Barb |
  9. She will be missed. Her blog was always bright and full of cheer. I looked forward to reading her blog every issue. Her family will be in our thoughts.

    Posted by Stacy |
  10. My sincere condolences to Jan’s family. I will miss her humor and her column. I am taking my diabetes a lot more seriously now.

    Posted by Deb |
  11. Jan was a wonderfully funny writer and a fantastic friend. I have so many good memories of our time together in New York, at conferences, and at her home where she invited me in again and again. I’m going to miss her immensely.


    Posted by Tara |
  12. Oh no. My deepest condolences on the loss and passing of Jan Chait. Loved her blog with all the great comments and discussion. The lady’s spunk
    and light to us all will be greatly missed.

    Dianne Fennell - thank you for sharing with us by Diabetes Self Management.

    Posted by jim snell |
  13. I’m so sorry. I will miss her column very much.

    Posted by Sheryl |
  14. How sad. I shall miss her articles and felt like I knew her after several personal email. I am so sorry for her family. Such a loss.

    Posted by Ferne |
  15. Oh, how sad. Jan was one of my favorites. I loved her ability to “laugh in the storm”. I will truly miss her.

    Posted by Ann |
  16. I also will miss Jan’s courage and sense of humor. It just seemed like nothing could keep her down.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  17. I am deeply saddened by the passing of Jan.
    Quietly reading here last blogs seemed suggestive given comments about lows that something was not quite right.

    I thank David Spero for his excellent, thoughtfull comments.

    I am a year older than Jan was. Her passing makes one shudder! Iam hearing the bell toll

    Posted by jim snell |
  18. I had been trying to call her for the last couple of months and her voice mail always said full. Then today, her group from Underground IP learned she was gone. We are devastated! She is more than a blogger to us. She brought us together literally, at camp Lobegone. She fed us and inspired us and made us laugh and we cried with her when things got yucky…and we are sick that none of us knew (sorry, we don’t read every single diabetes related thing on the internet like this story). From the original Underground group we’ve lost Dauna, Liz, David and now our beloved Granny Janny… :-( so sad!

    Posted by Sara |
  19. I miss you Momma Chait! I was part of the Camp Lobegone group that Jan organized and I made many wonder friends there, including Sara who posted previously. She could always find the positive in any situation and her humor was contagious. She was personally an inspiration for me when she recommended me for writing articles for a diabetes magazine about 10 years ago. She didn’t even know if I could write and when I expressed doubt, she said “send me something you’ve written”. Well it was something very technical and geeky, but she read it. Her reply was”you can certainly write volumes and use correct punctuation. I didn’t understand a thing that I read, but it proves you can write. The question is can you write with personality?” She pre-edited my first few articles for that magazine until she was satisfied I was showing my true humor in the articles. That lead to a 3 year monthly column and other sporadic articles, including one in Diabetes Self-Management. As Jan told me “you never would have spread your wings without having my foot in your back side!”

    She’s right about that! We miss you Jan and we will not let your memory fade as there will be future Camp Lobegones! We will include Hersch too! And maybe those beloved grand-kids of yours!

    Your time here was way too brief, but I will treasure the memories and I’m glad I was one of the people who knew you personally.

    Posted by John Hughes |
  20. Oh my, I am shocked. I just got curious enough about Jan not writing for Diabetes Self Management until I tried looking her up on Google. I am practically in tears. I always looked forward to reading Jan’s piece of daily life with diabetes because she made me laugh every time. I felt so close to Jan and will miss her immensely. She always shared so many little details of managing her diabetes and was as wise as any doctor about what to do and not to do. I knew her health was declining from her posts but had no idea that she would be leaving us so soon. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends and all the people like me that cherished the time she gave us with her writing.

    Posted by Linda Martin |

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