Dr. Woods is a native Mississippian. She has worked with hundreds of diabetic patients, as a nurse and as a diabetic specialist. She is known for her leadership skills and a people person. She has earned six advanced degrees and did the post-doctoral study. She was listed as a Notable Women in Who’s Who Among American Women. She is a widow and lives in Culver City, California.

Dr. Woods has been the front line in the fight against diabetes as a clinical nurse specialist for thousands of diabetic patients. It was this experience that triggered the realization that she herself was in danger of becoming a victim of the disease, whose devastating effects include heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and loss of limbs. She had to lose weight, particularly because she had a family history of diabetes. After more than thirteen years, she is still not diabetic. 

Her book is a vivid account of how, after her initial shock, she accomplished that goal. It is also a valuable source of information for understanding diabetes and preventing it, and certainly a must-read for people at risk.