Terry Herst has had a good year to make up for one of the worst days of her life.
In fact, Herst, a diabetic, says that since a View story on her travails appeared last April, she has continued to transform her disease and her drunk-driving arrest into positive assets in her life. Along the way, Herst reports that she has become something of a regular at law-enforcement conventions, drunk-driving seminars and similar gatherings as she wages a one-woman crusade to educate police about the symptoms of her disease.
Shaking and Sweating
Among other things, Herst, 50, says she took her message--that symptoms of diabetes such as shaking and sweating can mimic drunkenness--to the 5,000 people attending International Assn. of Chiefs of Police 94th annual convention in Toronto last October. She has been circulating a red-and-white poster/brochure headlined in capital letters: "Drunk? Drugs? or Diabetic Emergency?" She also has produced and appeared in more than 20 half-hour public access cable television shows in West Los Angeles about diabetes as well as working with individual diabetics.
Earlier this month, she says, she even spent the wee hours of a weekend night at a police sobriety checkpoint on the off-chance that a living illustration of her message would come along.