Thursday, September 10, 2009

Kristoff St. John covers Real Health

I am a HUGE fan of The Young and the Restless star, Kristoff St. John! So a big thank you to Roger Newcomb at We Love Soaps for posting about St. John's Real Health cover.

I first became aware of this talented actor when he played Adam Marshall on the NBC daytime drama, Generations. This show had a dream cast that included: Lynn Hamilton, Rick Fitts, Vivica A. Fox, James Reynolds, Jonelle Allen, Smokey Robinson, Randy Brooks, Lela Rochon, Richard Roundtree and the list goes one. Generations was the first soap opera to feature a core African American family from its inception. The show was canceled after just twenty-two months due to low ratings, but found life in syndication on the BET network.

In the article, written by Michael Fairman for Real Health, Kristoff St. John speaks about diabetes and how it has affected the lives of his former wife Allana, and friend, actor Dorian Gregory. Here's an excerpt:

When a chronic illness strikes, we often focus only on the person with the condition. But diseases such as diabetes drastically affect their loved ones too. Actor Kristoff St. John has experienced diabetic shock. No, he doesn’t have diabetes—but he does have close family and friends who live with this chronic condition.

A two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner and an eight-time NAACP Image Award recipient, St. John is best known for his role as sexy businessman Neil Winters on the No. 1 rated soap The Young and the Restless. Several years ago, however, St. John’s most important role was not in front of a camera. It was as caregiver to his wife, Allana Nadal, who suffers from type 1 diabetes. (The two have since divorced.)

“When I first met Allana, she told me she was a diabetic right off the bat,” St. John recalls. “She had needles hanging around the house and was forced to take two or more shots of insulin a day. She found out that she was a type 1 diabetic at 17 when she was rushed to the hospital and fell into a coma.”

St. John was unprepared, however, for the shock he received one day when he discovered Allana in the midst of a diabetic crisis. “I found Allana sprawled on the kitchen floor next to the refrigerator. She was trying to open an orange juice carton and trying to lap up the juice like a cat. She was almost incoherent,” he recalls.

Just one of the many challenges experienced by those whose loved ones have diabetes, witnessing a diabetic crisis up close and personal caused St. John to question his own ability to handle Allana’s condition.

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