RAD is really all about how you can get yourself to exercise and eat smart . . . to win the race against diabetes.




"Diabetics have a solemn duty: we must save our families and friends from diabetes, from dying in misery from diabetes or watching us die in misery. And we can."

--RAD co-founder Terry












Terry’s preaching about importance of family

T contemplativeHi!  It’s me again.

1.    If  you have diabetes, remember:   We’re a  team with our family and friends.  I  probably wouldn’t be alive without Patty—and I don’t mean just the nights  she’s saved me from desperate low-blood-sugar episodes.  The encouragement to exercise, the  motivation to work to be healthy for her sake not just my own, the help eating healthy . . . heck, not to mention the fun of doing things with her—I  love this woman!  I can’t imagine living  with diabetes without support like this!

So to all of you family members and friends out there who, like Patty, are living with diabetes but don’t have it—you’re the most important support crew anywhere!  Thank you 25 million times for helping us struggle against diabetes.  –And to all of you out there who do have diabetes—think about it for a  minute, or a while, and then let your crew know how much you really need their help, and how much you love them!  Go get started at that now, because I said so.  And you have to listen to me, because I’m  the World’s Luckiest Man.


2.    So,  OK, for you folks with diabetes, when you don’t listen to your  family—even in spite of my advice, for heaven’s sake—let them know you  love them, but you just [hate this disease/can’t deal with it—pick one].  And then e-mail me.  We can beat this disease together. 


3.    Did I mention that Patty has a Ph.D. in  health education, all the better to keep our team healthy?  (I told you I’m lucky, didn’t  I?)  And my simplified, prejudiced  version of her Ph.D. thesis, on a model of health behavior, is that the model says we’ll do (well, tend to do—you know about scientists and models,  don’t you?)—anyway, we’ll do the things our loved ones really want us to do,  if we really love them.  That’s got  some limitations in practice, it seems—like when we’re too angry about  diabetes to listen.  That health behavior model works for  me:  It’s good for my health to do what Patty wants me to do!


4.    There  are some good lessons in that health behavior model I just mentioned—or at least  in my version of it.  One lesson is  for those of us with diabetes:  take care of yourself because you love your team.  Who’s hurt most if we lose our feet, our kidneys, our sight, or just our fun in life?  Our family and  friends, not us diabetics.  We owe it  to those we love not to put them through misery, if we can do something to avoid it. 


5.    –A point about that health behavior model  for the team (you family and friends out there)—models  are always just models.  Don’t get discouraged—you are the most  important “things”/people in our lives.    If the diabetic you’re teaming up with won’t listen, it doesn’t mean they  don’t love you.  That saying, “We  always hurt the ones we love” is as true as that model, and more true when we’re angry about our diabetes.    When we diabetics aren’t listening to you, it’s because you’re part of  us, and we can’t get over hating that diabetic part of us. 


       —Knowing this does open up an opportunity, of course:  we diabetics will listen to just about anyone except those we love, when we’re  really angry about our diabetes.  So get all your diabetic loved ones who won’t  listen . . . to e-mail me!  They have to listen to me, because I’m the World’s  Luckiest Man!  But—get them a bike,  too, and ride with them.  That works way better than talking about diabetes anyway . . . .


Here endeth the sermon . . .  for now . . . .

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