Friday, November 14, 2008

Be Aware

Be aware. Diabetes isn't always what you think it is.

It can be visible. A finger stick in the lunch room, a pump in the board room. A pat-down at the airport. A needle and a vial in a bathroom.

It can be invisible. A hidden disability, yet disabling all the same. Robbing sleep, vitality, ambition, vigor. Worse, stealing sight, toes, limbs, life.

It can be controlled as well as can be expected by the clumsy efforts of human hands. But really: have you pondered how your kidneys filtered waste from your blood today? Can you think of the last time you worried how ATP got into your cells? Or how oxygen entered your bloodstream from your lungs? Does any basic metabolic function occupy your every waking thought?

There is no cure for diabetes. All the insulin in the world cannot banish it from your body. Be aware.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Very well said. :)