The post title should really be "What do having Type 2 diabetes and having a designer dog have in common?" ... but that would have been too wordy, and too have-y.
Anyway, I shall get to Part I of the answer anon (yeah, it's going to be a 2-post topic) ... but first, aren't these shoes colourful? I balked a bit at the trend when I bought my last pair of runners (now demoted to dog-park status), but when Freddie and I visited a Big Shoe Sale the other day, I kinda got into the flashiness. (More in a future post on the desire for solid runners!)
OK! On to D-word #1 ...
NOT the old, fat, out-of-shape-person kind.* Not the kind your grandmother who took pills and died of a heart attack had. Not the preventable kind.** And I make these assertions with a muddy mixture of defensiveness, pedantry, and even — dare I say? — pride.
Not the flashiest of the flash, but check the price: $160 down to $70!
(dingy dog-park shoes next to Freddie)
However ... the times they are a-changin'.
Now that I'm no longer 21, or 31, or even 41 ... now that 51 is no longer imponderably far in the future, I'm starting to see (or maybe just imagine) glimmers of that It's-your-fault assumption when I tell people I have diabetes. And, weirdly, I've found myself responding not only with a stronger-than-ever desire to set the record straight but also with a powerful sense of guilt by association.
In short, it sucks. Even if Type 2 diabetes were entirely attributable to the behaviours of the T2 diabetic — it's not — blame and guilt are not very effective motivators of change. Quite the opposite, I'd venture to guess.
Maybe? Sometimes? In any case, a sense of guilt recently inspired me to do some dog-related good — or, rather, to try. Which brings me to D-word #2 and its connection to the business above ...
Stay tuned for Part II, in which all shall be made clear!
A post featuring shoes must have footnotes!
*Sadly, the "old" part of this description is losing relevance as increasing numbers of kids find themselves with a T2D diagnosis. Yikes.
**Research has started to show that the development of Type 1 diabetes is not an inescapable genetic path. Of T1 diabetics who are also identical twins, only 30-50% of the twin siblings develop T1D — a surprising (to me) statistic, which suggests environmental factors are at work, in addition to the genetic predisposition. There's some further info embedded in this article on Type 1 diabetes. (Thanks to Sam P. for the link!)