Let’s get serious for a minute…

I’ve never been in great health. I have a number of chronic issues, and while they’re all more or less under control, they cause me more than a bit of pain and consternation.

But I’m also now facing something I haven’t had to deal with before. Late last week, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

It’s not an advanced case. We caught it early, and there’s plenty of time to get it under control with lifestyle changes and oral medications, before we even have to consider more severe alternatives. And I’m quite aware that a lot of people are living with this, and that–if kept in check–it should have minimal bearing on one’s overall quality of life.

That doesn’t make getting the diagnosis any less scary. It doesn’t make the mountain of changes I’m confronting any less daunting. It’s going to be really hard–especially since I’m not exactly Mr. Willpower or Mr. Discipline.

Why am I putting all this out there in public? In part because I’ve always tried to be fairly open online, in general. (And please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions about what I’m dealing with. There may be some things I’m not willing to answer, but if so, I’ll tell you politely, and I won’t be offended that you asked.) In part because, as I slowly learn how to deal with this, I hope to be able to offer encouragement to others. And in part because I’m hoping that, by offering you all the occasional progress update, I can help keep myself on the right path.

Will this influence my work in the near-to-mid-future? It’d be foolish to say "absolutely not"–huge lifestyle changes require a lot of energy and attention–but I’d say probably not much.

Anyway, there it is. I appreciate any good thoughts you folks can spare, and I’m looking forward to the day when dealing with this has become second nature. In the meantime, I’ve gotta get back to work.