Monday, August 14, 2006

Diabetes? Yes? No? Pre?

About ten years ago I received in the mail a letter from one of my many trusted doctors. It said: "You now have Adult Onset Diabetes." I was shocked and distraught. Why there must be some mistake, I told myself. I am not an adult and how could anyone possibly perceive me as such? I resented the implication. Now after about nine years of denial and evasion I know that I now have a full blown case of Type II Diabetes. I understand that the term Adult Onset has been abandoned, due to our fat children in this country, in favor of the more encompassing Type II. Now, thanks in great part to my friend Tia, I have begun to understand all the medical jargon/babble about Diabetes and can now make informed choices about my personal health. Tia confirmed for me, for example, that while neither choice is healthy, it would be much better to consume a pound of blueberries rather than a pound of Skittles. Who knew? Of late, on the topic of Type II Diabetes, I have become, what one of my bosses once referred to me as, "a voracious reader and investigator." Every day I become a tad more enlightened, about this vile affliction, which may help me make it to my 60th birthday. Yesterday while I was reading about the "sugar sickness" on the internet (so it must be true!) I kept coming across the term "pre-diabetes." People can now be labeled as pre-diabetic. In reference to my all around not so healthy self I will now think of myself as pre-dead.

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I know I don't say it enough...how proud I am of you. You've been working hard--though you might deny it--and I know the sacrifices you've made to make your health better.

Keep up the good work! I love you!

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