Nel thank you so very, very much. Over time people (doctors included) were amazed at the minimal damage that has occured in my body. I am forty seven years old, and thirty five years insulin dependant. Many people (including you and thanks again) have made it clear that I should say, or do something regarding diabetes.
I recently started a blog in Oprah’s Diabetes Support board and never counted on any response really, and because the complex issues surrounding diabetes are massive, I figured that the importance of the subject was paramount, and we are all in this together. That is why I did not use my name, it is in fact ALL of our names.
It is very clear that we need a central voice to address two isses. The first being to diabetics that because we experience, we truly understand and do not judge anyone and although it is a lot of work, you can have reasonable control. The second is to let all of the non diabetics know that the job is tougher than anyone can imagine. We as diabetics/humans make mistakes and face incredible challenges in a society that encourages eating disorders on every level from anorexia to bulimia and morbid obesity.
Food is not only our medicine, it is all things. It is very much a fun, tempting, intoxicating necessary component of our lives with massive social and cultural implications. It is our best and worst friend. It is also a major key for diabetics to help control many of the potential dangers we live with that haunt us all.
Somehow we must find a way to focus this message and let everyone know that sooner or later we will all be touched by it, and be as pro-active as possible and use state of the art technology to beat this monster and make no mistake about it WE CAN and WE WILL!!! Now it’s up to us to set the time frame.
I understand it is not possible, nor can I save the world. For now I will continue on as I am trying to help those who are hurting, or not happy with thier levels of control. We definitely need a voice and I don’t care who it is, but it is very clear that although the Walk For A Cure is great we need more. We need to create a momentum where we can manage to consistently support our bodies ever changing needs, both physically and mentally.
I tried to send a message to you, and was even self conscious writing to you here however I figured you would see it. Thanks so very much again for your support and I have no problem stepping out from behind the curtain however it’s not about me, it’s about the data and I will do my best to try to help others based on my experience. We are all here to help.
The Anonymous Diabetic.