I was just thinking about how one of my favorite comedians, Patrice O’Neal, passed away the end of last year after having a stroke. He also had Type 2 Diabetes – diagnosed in 1993, I believe. I am not 100% sure, but I think that his stroke was a result of diabetes getting the better of his system. I remember watching him do a stand-up routine once where he was talking about how he hadn’t taken his diabetes seriously when he was younger and how he was trying to now and how difficult it is because so much of his life revolved around what to eat. We all know how that goes, right? Effin carbs. You can read an interview between him and Diabetes Forecast here. It’s a great publication, by the way. If you don’t subscribe, I recommend it.
It was a catalyst for a thought that I have had many times but that I nonetheless want to share again. TAKE YOUR DIABETES SERIOUSLY! There is no cure now, and there likely won’t be one for a long time. And even if a cure is found in ten years, and you are alive and eligible for the cure, poor diabetes management for that long will result in irreversible damage. I want all my limbs, my vision, and an overall healthy body, thank you very much! I won’t assume that a cure will be found or that my doctor will know what’s best for me. When it comes to my management, I own that shit. I dread the day I am too old to care for myself because I know it will be the beginning of the end but if I manage to get to a day when I am too old to take care of myself, well then, I’ve done a damn good job of managing my diabetes so I guess I’ll take what I can.
Here’s my point: take care of your body. Diabetes doesn’t care about how you feel. It is an emotionless, chronic pathology that will take you out if it gets a chance to. Make your health a priority. When I am an old diabetic, I want to know other old diabetics so we can sit around and talk about how we kicked the ‘betes ass!