"What WAS Diabetes?"o
Is that YOU I hear knocking?
Are you looking for me?
You have been stalking me and my family and my friends for quite a long time. In fact, you’ve made yourself at home in some of our residences. And, in several cases your impacts took my friends away from me and their productive lives on Earth.
You came close to me over 37 years ago when my OB/GYN told me that I needed two blood glucose tolerance tests. I avoided your stealthy approach then, but I sense you are lurking not too far away. Not Type 1 or Type 2 yet, but perhaps a Type 2 “in waiting”.
My brother wasn’t as fortunate. As he entered retirement, he was forced to accept you. My sister-in-law also became one of your trophies, as have a few of my cousins and as did my grandmother. You, quite frankly can be quite a pest; an unwanted and unwelcome pest!
For now, I am doing all I can to avoid you and your impact. That’s why I stay as active as my body allows me to be, maintain a relatively healthy diet and manage my weight.
I may not always be able to avoid you and your effect, but you should know, I’m aware of your stalking. I’m aware of your ever presence just out my sight, and sometimes in plain sight alongside my loved ones. I continue to work to raise funds for awareness, advocacy and research. I pray for a cure so that my grandchildren will never have to experience the impact of your existence and they can ask someday, “What WAS Diabetes?”
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