Sunday, June 8, 2008

Tackling the Unseen

If you have ever been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition you will understand what I am about to discuss. In late January 2008 my doctor told me I was diabetic - that is I have diabetes. Diabetes is when your body doesn't use, or properly use the insulin created by your pancreas to deliver glucose to your cells. My A1C was off the chart indicating I had an average blood glucose level of 250, which is far outside normal limits. I took it hard. I was in a serious state of denial for several months. It is partly genetic and partly my fault for not taking care of myself better through proper diet and exercise, but rest assure that I am focused now and have several important reasons to make sure I manage my condition.

I am at the beginning of a long road. I have committed myself to a new diet and exercise regimen and an overall more active life style that minimizes the risk of complications from being a diabetic. It took me a while to come to grips with this "unseen" adversary, but through the help of my doctor, friends and a diabetes/nutrition education program from Northside Hospital I see the light, not the end.

If you are a friend or acquaintance of mine I ask for your support in changing several habits I have had for a long time. As one of my nurses told me, "being diabetic is not your fault, but it is your responsibility." This rings very true. The other think that springs to mind is "one must admit they have a problem before they can address it." This is my address, message and challenge to what I cannot see, what I did not want to admit, and my pledge to tackle it head on.

I simply ask for your support.

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