In some parallel world, there's a half-roundtable discussion going right now covering the hot topics from Sherri Shepherd's life, and you can bet panelists include 2007 Sherri, her two sisters, her mother and good ole Uncle Earl. Don't sleep on Uncle Earl. The moderator: This Sherri we have now, the 2021 edition. The issue: Their varied views of and experiences with diabetes. Each has something to offer. All have something they've lost. And our moderator? She's got all of the above plus the perspective of having lived and learned how caring for her diabetes is a crucial part of caring for herself. That's what comes when you're breaking free of the generational grip of diabetes. 'I always tell people: Don't look at diabetes as a death sentence,' Shepherd said. 'You just have to open up your eyes and do certain things. Diabetes can open a world for you to eat differently, start exercising, change things and feel great.'