Remembering Dr. Lois Jovanovic
Dr. Lois Jovanovic achieved worldwide renown for her extraordinary contributions to medical science. By pioneering the protocols that make it possible for women with diabetes to deliver healthy babies, she forever changed the lives of generations of women with diabetes and their families. The stories below are from patients, colleagues, and friends across the globe who wrote to SDRI sharing their memories of Dr. Jovanovic and how she touched their lives.
Tribute to Lois Jovanovic, M.D., M.A.C.E.
I called the pharmacy on our way home, started the increased Synthroid dose the next morning, and was pregnant with my baby girl within a few months. Briella is now three years old and strong, healthy, and absolutely perfect. I’m attaching my description of my pregnancy, and I know that Dr. Jovanovic was the essential catalyst for moving forward, for not giving up, and for fostering my confidence that I could do it.
Forever grateful to her, to Dr. Castorino, and to all of you for the work you do.”
Lois spoke to an ADA seminar in White Plains, NY about her early research studies documenting a link between normal blood sugars and normal pregnancies resulting in healthy babies. It convinced us to try, and Lois and her OB husband Ray treated us for both of our successful pregnancies. Our two boys have been a joy, and have now presented us with a beautiful grandson and granddaughter.
By Connie Hanham-Cain MSN, RN, DNS, CDE (T1D x 56 years)
I met Lois Jovanovic, MD for the first time in 1982. I was entering my 20th year of being diagnosed with T1 diabetes, and after living precariously with “brittle diabetes” in less than ideal control, she taught me how to truly live consciously and well with my diabetes. She changed my life forever and it is because of her that I followed a calling to go into a medical career as a nurse, specifically as a holistic diabetes educator. Here are some ABC thoughts to describe Dr. Lois:
Compassionate and Creative
Dedicated and Determined
Fearless, Fashionable, Funny, and Fun
Graceful and Gracious
Honorable and Humane
Masterful Matron of Motherhood
Noble and Nurturing
Outrageous and Outstanding
Powerful, Pioneer Promoter of Diabetes Wellness and Healthy Pregnancy
Respected, Resourceful, and Relentless
Smart and Savvy
Tough, Tender, Tenacious, Truthful, and Trustworthy
Vibrant and Visionary
YES -You can do this!
All of these words describe Lois as a woman, as a doctor, researcher, healer and leader for women and babies’ health. Above all, Lois is a Mother and Grandmother on many levels of experience for countless women and babies who might not have made it very far in this life, or even into the world to experience all life has to offer, if it had not been for her brave tenacity and dedication to follow the calling of science and the guidance of her Inner Wisdom as doctor, as a woman of diabetes, and as a mother. Thank you, Lois, for being the visionary pioneer you are and for sharing the gift of Diabetes Wisdom and Life with all of us.
I returned to Geneva and she very kindly gave a letter to him to take care of me. I recovered and was grateful to her. Even my doctor here has heard of her. She was so caring and kind. Now after 25 years, I am all right, managing my diabetes.”
Lois was so impactful in so many ways in my life. We shared so many memories, and I will always be deeply grateful to her for taking such wonderful care of my wife during her gestational diabetes, and for believing in me. She will be missed greatly.
I am the middle child of 3 girls and Lois was the middle child of 3 girls. Today, I am an 84-year-old former teacher and I used to love to practice my skills on my favorite cousin Lois before I would bring them to the classroom. My sisters, Susan Dechter lives in Boston and our older sister Renae Levin lives in Denver.