‘Chicago Med’ Star S. Epatha Merkerson Changes The Diabetes Conversation Onscreen & Off

S. Epatha Merkerson

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Fans love S. Epatha Merkerson as hospital administrator “Sharon Goodwin” on NBC’s Chicago Med and as “Lt. Anita Van Buren” on the iconic drama Law and Order. But many in the public may be unaware of Merkerson’s private struggle. For more than a decade, the Michigan native has been living with type 2 diabetes.

The Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress is no stranger to the disease. Her dad died from it. It took her grandmother’s sight and her uncle’s legs. Her brother struggles with it, too.

“Within our family, it was a touch of sugar,” Merkerson said.  “It never was anything big.”