Outlaw Attitude

My mom always said I was precocious as a child.  I was obedient to a fault.  I once stopped service in a New York restaurant as a 4 year old because I pulled out a chair for my mom.  In being transparent, I do not recall this scene.  But, even Outlaws have mothers that love them no matter what.

My mom is one  of a few central figures in my diabetic life.  My hope is that many of the diabetics reading this blog have the same feeling and appreciation to the people in their life that keep them safe.  Much like my mom did and does so many years ago and to this day.  She is the leader of the Outlaw Posse.  For all you lone wolves out there, of which I consider myself one, get used to the fact that as a diabetic no matter how good you think you are, the disease will find the weak link.  It will slip in the back door when you think you have it beat.  Expect this and surround yourself with trusted advocates (i.e a posse).

When the books are written about the team that took down Osoma bin Ladin, you will find what I have researched and studied since my childhood. Teams can accomplish unbelievable things.  Individuals that act alone are egoist.  Build a team and work together to beat a disease that kills more of us than AIDS and breast cancer each year.

In reality the only thing we can control in this life is our attitude toward it.  I choose to take responsibility for my actions and also the result of these actions.  This seems to be a dying belief in a world of 15 minute heroes.

The simple reality is that diabetes beats more of us than beat it.  I will not deny I like being one of the 1% of diabetics that have the control I maintain.  Make no mistake, it doesn’t happen by accident.  But, as I’ve said, I am precocious…

2 Responses to “Outlaw Attitude”

  1. Ellen Sherman Says:

    Love your blog… I am a firm believer in surrounding oneself with a team of advocates with positive messages that teach you to be accountable for your lifestyle choices. Being a diabetic makes you chose to live a healthier lifestyle rather than make excuses…. We do not have a choice since if we don’t our chances of live a full, complication free life is diminished with an “uncontrolled lifetstlye” of high glucose readings.

    • Ellen, thank for your comments. Obviously, I completely agree with you. I hope by sharing my opinion that those of us diabetics who choose to lead a successful diabetic life can guide our growing counterparts in making the right choices in their lives. It just seems that so many diabetics choose to not make the right choices and unfortunately suffer the consequences.

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