The Little Prince? Diabetes? Is he nuts? I won’t answer if I am nuts or not, but there is a connection. Read on.
I was listening to a play based on The Little Prince in the car the other day. It was wonderful and the actors captured me immediately. I am not sure when it was made, but found it very entertaining and thought provoking. And, since Diabetes is never far from my mind, I found a connection. In fact, I went to a bookstore to make sure the words I heard appeared in the book, and they did.
The Little Prince has just walked up to a man whose plane has crashed in the desert. The Little Prince’s first words to him were:
“Please, draw me a sheep.”
“I don’t know how to draw.”
“That doesn’t matter. Draw me a sheep.”
Isn’t that the way we react when we first heard the diagnoses of Diabetes or Prediabetes? We don’t know what to do. We don’t know how to fight the disease. We don’t know that we need to do to wage a war and win.
But, we do need to fight. We learn how to fight as we go. We learn to fight not from books, but from the information we get from our Food Diaries. We learn what we can eat and what we can’t eat because we all react a little differently to foods; what you can eat might send my glucose sky-rocketing and vice-verse. We learn that exercise really does help our bodies and it is a key weapon in the War On Diabetes.
You see, it doesn’t matter so much what we do, as long as we do something. If you do nothing, Diabetes wins and you end up being a dialysis patient…or losing your hearing… or losing feeling in your feet. I remember when I first started walking and knew that diabetics could lose the feeling in their feet – that it was common. I welcomed the feel of the cracks in the sidewalk – that I could feel them. That told me the Diabetes had not gotten that far. It also told me that I could win my War On Diabetes.
How could I win it? You know where this is going if you are a regular reader. Diet. Exercise. Meds. That’s all it would take to win. Of course, since it is a war, it has to be done relentlessly in order to win. But, the benefits of winning are huge!
Weight loss. Healthier life. Positive outlook. And the knowledge that you can control your Diabetes – which ain’t always easy. The confidence you gain is incredible because you have beat back a disease. You have taken on the 7th Leading Cause of Death in the US and won! Does it get any better?
“You have Diabetes. You have Prediabetes.”
“What do I do? I don’t know what to do.”
“Something. Fight. You can win.”
As always, thank you for reading. So tell me, am I so nuts for seeing the connection?