I am a diabetic. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1995.... Because I had worked as a Vocational Rehab Counselor for three years, and knew all too well about the large number of complications this disease brings to the afflicted diabetic [*neuropathy, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, strokes, heart attacks, neuropathy of the digestive system and skin] my first inclination was to say to my doctor that "I'd rather you told me I had cancer!" Now that may seem extreme to many of you, but in my mind, cancer, in most cases, had cures. Diabetes had no cure, and it always brought along with it complications that eventually and over time, will run the body into the ground. You see; it isn't the diabetes that kills you, because with regular exercise, a controlled diet, and if needed, medication, diabetes can be controlled. It is failing to do what is needed, for most, it means a complete change in habits regarding diet, exercise, and continued checking of your sugar levels. Over the years, I have kept my diabetes under good control. In fact, my A1c's is usually under 5.9. It's the complications that I feared when the diagnosis came, and it is the complications that keep me racked in pain. For this reason, I wanted to share this link on diabetes with all of you, and remind you to be aware of the symptoms and get treatment if needed. The truth is diabetes is rising in numbers around the world, so, don't be like me, and think I'd never get that disease. The truth is, even though there is no diabetes in my family, anyone can develop diabetes, and the sooner you treat it, the less chance you have of serious complications. I put off the inevitable for more than three years. I knew the symptoms, but lived in denial. And now, with three years of time wasted [by not treating it sooner], I have serious complications to pay for for my denial. I posted this to make others aware. Check out the link, and be Diabetes Smart [in other words don't ignore the early symptoms]! http://www.thediabetessite.com/clickToGive/dbs/home If any of you have diabetes, it would be great to hear from you, and what you are doing to "hold the line" and how you trust in, and look to God in helping you to live with the disease. *Those in "italics" are the complications I suffer with.