It’s Your Choice; Jodie Doesn’t Have One

A woman I work with came in this morning visibly upset.  Not wanting to intrude, I left her to her thoughts knowing if she wanted to share, she’d tell me.  Ten minutes later she was crying as she told me about one of her daughter’s friends, thirteen year-old Jodie.

Jodie was discovered to have Stage 3 Stomach Cancer when she was eight.  That’s very young and very serious.  In order to treat it, doctors chose to use some treatments that were still experimental.  While the treatments were costly, they were successful.  Jodie lived for the next few years cancer free.

During the last few months Jodie has experienced tremendously painful headaches.  As a parent, I don’t know what I’d do if I knew one of my children was in pain and not able to do anything about it.  I’d feel so very, very helpless.  Her parents took her in to see the doctors and several tests and MRI’s later, they found the problem.  Brain tumor.    My hope and prayer is that this tumor is something that shapes her and that she lives a long life.  Only time will tell.

Jodie is a young girl with her life in front of her.  Tell me, do you think if she was told that with a bit of exercise and a change in diet that she would be okay, would she do it?     What do you think her choice would be?  I know what mine would be.

We face the same choice everyday as Type 2 Diabetics.  A change to our diet.  A bit of exercise.  Take our Meds. And, we can control our disease. Diabetes is insidious and tenacious.  It works in our bodies to break them down from the inside out.  It ruins organs – Diabetes finds your kidneys to be especially attractive.  You can lose feeling in your feet and fingers.  You can go blind.  Once the damage is done, it cannot be reversed.  You can die – Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.  (Read the information in the green box just a little down the page.)

But it does not have to happen.  With a change in diet and exercise you can change the outcome.  Do you think Jodie would do just about anything to change what is going on within her body?  Of course she would.  Well, while you may not have painful tumors growing in you, you may well have destruction going on that with a few little changes will stop.

Are you going to stop it?  Are you going to make those little changes?  Unlike Jodie, you can change the outcome of Diabetes.

For those of you with Prediabetes, you don’t want to get Type 2 Diabetes.  You really don’t want it – take it from one who has it.  With a bit of exercise, a change in diet and probably a loss of weight, you can prevent or postpone full-blown Diabetes.  Why wouldn’t you do that?  You have a choice, unlike Jodie.

You can determine what happens to you.  If you do nothing, your road is pretty well marked and to be honest, probably not pleasant with the prospect of dialysis in your future.

But, if you choose to change your diet a bit…if you choose to exercise just 30 minutes a day…if you take your meds as prescribed…You can control Diabetes.  Your future great.

You make the decision – while Jodie cannot.  Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

As always, thank you for reading.

I will finish telling you about my doctor’s visit tomorrow.  I thought Jodie’s story was far more important.

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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