will be very brief. Last summer I had a little trouble swallowing
and saw an gastroenterologist.
He scoped me and found a substantial carcinoma
in my esophagus. Six months and a lot of chemo and radiation
later, I seem to be clear, no guarantees, but if I stay clear for
the next five years, the diabetes will have an opportunity to be
a real problem.
I suspect that since this is
a stress disease, which I have an inherited affinity for, the cancer
tipped the scales. I was diagnosed three weeks ago (in March 2002)
with a bg of 319mg/dL (17.7 mmol/L). I have been taking 5mg of glucocol
daily and following a modified atkins diet. I am using a LifeScan
OneTouch Ultra bg monitor and my bgs are running in 85 to 140mg/dL
(4.7 to 7.8mmol/L) range now that I have them down under control.
My initial reaction was shock,
not surprise, as I have been running high normal for the past several
years. On second thought I decided this was a picnic compared to
cancer. I have been reading everything I can and working my way
to becoming seriously knowledgeable about the disease. The only
thing that has been difficult at all is the changes in my eyes that
have been occurring as the bg has dropped.
Next month I will get a referral
to an opthamologist and take care of that issue. I will get an endocrinologist
involved if I can find a tame one that my insurance will approve.
I hear that like surgeons they tend to be arrogant and omnicient.
The one thing I have learned in the last year is that every day
that you wake up is a good one. I intend to live long enough to
see all of my children graduate from college, get to know my grandchildren
and have a hell of a good time. Diabetes can't stop that. It just
changes the rules a little.