6. I want you to know that Diabetes is very serious and although diabetics often seem carefree, they’re often not, whether they manage they’re diabetes well or not.
5. I want you to know that Diabetes is not nearly as common in 3rd world and Developing countries as it is in Developed ones. This means that we should pay attention to what we’re doing differently and learn what we can change to help ourselves-such as eating differently. Just because we’re “developed” doesn’t mean we’re doing all the right things. Nor does it mean the convenience of pop tarts is worth it.
4. I want you to know that Diabetes doesn’t have to stop you from reaching your dreams. Your dreams however, may have to make some small adjustments.
3. I want you to know that Diabetes isn’t as silent a killer as people think. If you don’t feel super duper great, then your health isn’t in tip top shape. Many adults don’t know they have diabetes but, they know they don’t feel too hot. We should expect to feel healthy and if we don’t we should strive to figure out what is between us and feeling great and then work towards feeling wonderful again. Maybe we’ll never feel wonderful but, most can get pretty close with a lot of hard work. Our standards for feeling healthy should rise. Don’t settle for feeling so-so.
2. I want you to know that Diabetes is the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with. And I’ve dealt with loss of family and friends. Not to mention large kidney stones, surgery, many years of depression, and chronic childhood shyness. (And there’s much more). Diabetes has been the worst experience of all and I’m afraid the worst is yet to come.
1. I want you to know that a cure for diabetes is being significantly delayed by a greed for money. Money rules the world only because we allow it to. We have more power than we think. Angry about corn syrup being in much of our food supply? Boycott any product with corn syrup. If many of us did this I promise you corn syrup would start disappearing from ingredient labels. Upset over the lack of diabetes support groups? Start one. Stop being a victim and start being the change you want to see in the world.
Gandhi sure had it right.