“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)
This is the first day of Hanukkah. We’ll light the 2nd. candle tonight, so the Holiday Season is in full swing. Where does that leave diabetics? The modern process of self-examination daily, through blood monitoring etc., leaves us with the potential to be too self-absorbed, and not involved enough in the real world outside ourselves. I think that we need to find a Middle Path, being safe but not obsessive, and work with a physician who is like-minded.
The diagnosis of “being diabetic” causes a stress all its own. We have to learn to be comfortable in our own skin; be disciplined in ways that may be counter to much of current medical advice (i.e. be willing to use a proper, non-American Diabetes Association, diet based on whole, fresh food and few or no grains); think for ourselves, and think beyond ourselves to make a real contribution in the world to others (which in turn raises our self-confidence, self-esteem and view of ours as a worthy life — rather than any chance to be in a victim-mode).
Every year, for the past several years, I have given people information about how to help others at this time when most people are just thinking far too much about “gifts” to give and get, within their circle of family and friends. This year, more than any other since the Great Depression, we need to use our resources well, and not just be a mass-shopping herd.
Dr. Robert Reich just wrote a column which helps to expose the fallacy thinking which is prolonging this global financial crisis, which all of us are caught in, and any of us can become a casualty or even-more-of-a-casualty than we already are. Diabetics have to become involved. Diabetes is a life-style disease and management and cure require a good, financially-adequate life!
Even if I think mainstream medicine is not treating diabetes appropriately, I laud courageous holistic MDs who are taking the best of alternative medicine and western medicine to find the best Middle Path (even one to cure). I want to preserve our access to healthcare, and preserve our ability to pay for medications and supplements which we actually need. None of this is a given, any more, as Mr. Obama has said ‘everything is on the table’, even Social Security and Medicare.
So, please, again, get involved and politically active. Also, please help those of us who are struggling more than you are now. There are many ways to do that — from lending or giving money to help save someone’s home — all the way to making sure parents can see Joy on their children’s faces.
Here are a few ideas that are current and some from the past. Please use them to Help. Thanks.
Teddies For Tragedies
c/o Barb Drozdowich
PO Box 2128, Sumas, WA, 98295, USA
Learn more about Hanukkah here, and why it is important for ALL people. Hanukkah and Religious Liberty
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I sincerely wish all of you a Happy, Peaceful, Secure Holiday Season and I fervently hope all will be much better when I write, again, this time next year.
Best to all — Em
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