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Isolation - Feb 28
I want to connect with other people and share real-life frustrations. I'm frustrated by all the educationally-oriented crap that's out there on diabetes and having a hard ...
Posted: Feb 28, 2008 12:44
  • Isolation

    I want to connect with other people and share real-life frustrations. I'm frustrated by all the educationally-oriented crap that's out there on diabetes and having a hard time finding people to connect with in terms of talking about real-life situations. It's even hard to talk to family and close friends - some of whom don't even know I'm diabetic. There are a lot of daily frustrations I encounter because of the restrictions of this disease. People pushing me to eat a certain way or do things when I know they aren't healthy for me.

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  • By: Savage: Mar, 08, 2009 15:14 PM
    There has been much written about diabetes--how to, cookbooks, glucose control, pumps, etc.--but very little concerning the emotional swings for those with diabetes and deal with it much like we watch the stock market. But ours is an internal ride. I've lived with diabetes since 1958 and am still alive to tell the tale. And what a tale it is! This past summer it was supposed to be published by a major house here in NYC, but then the shit hit the fan. Two senior editors at the house loved it, but it was being delayed by the sales and marketing division who look at things from the past trying to predict the future. It's one of the main reasons why the whole goddamn economy is crumbling around us. My agent, after the economy tanked told me to work on my next book while we "corrected" ourselves. The two senior editors at the publishing house were fired and I was left to think of alternatives. My health is not great and, as all diabetics know, time is nipping at our heels. I decided to get it out and found a way to do it. And maybe, when all is said and done, it will reach more people this way. I do know that as ironic as this may sound, diabetes also saved my life; it's been a curse and a balm. I've lived a life of madness and mayhem. I’ve had diabetes for 50 years and have been addicted to one substance of another for 45 of those years. It has been a beautifully joyful and painful schizophrenic ride: drugs, booze, women, music, writing, and learning with each new success or defeat. This memoir tries to come to grips with all of life's fractures and contains everything--even you. I've tried to leave nothing out: family, diabetes, addiction, relationships, jobs, victories as well as defeats. I've provided a few links to view my work and read the interview. Also, for those who want, I can be reached at: nksavage at earthlink dot net. http://smashwords.com/books/view/715 Interview : http://blog.smashwords.com I've also been taking part in a forum on this site, but it's really those like you that I'm interested in. Don't hesitate to contact me through my email that I left on top of Smashwords. Hang tough, Norman REPLY Quote Top Bott

    By: jessbaby:

    Hi Fran! I hear you about the frustrations of isolation. I don't know of any social groups the focus on folks with diabetes, but I think I'd like to see it happening. I think I'd like to be able to talk face to face with other people dealing with this. You obviously don't know of anything like that, and I don't either, so maybe we should make our own :) But just so you know, there are others out here. *wave*

    Fran! (1) Hope you feel better (1) peer pressure (1) diabetes (1) friends (1) family (1) frustration (1)

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