LifeAfterDx--Diabetes Uncensored

A internet journal from one of the first T1 Diabetics to use continuous glucose monitoring. Copyright 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

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Location: New Mexico, United States

Hi! I’m William “Lee” Dubois (called either Wil or Lee, depending what part of the internet you’re on). I’m a diabetes columnist and the author of four books about diabetes that have collectively won 16 national and international book awards. (Hey, if you can’t brag about yourself on your own blog, where can you??) I have the great good fortune to pen the edgy Dear Abby-style advice column every Saturday at Diabetes Mine; write the Diabetes Simplified column for dLife; and am one of the ShareCare diabetes experts. My work also appears in Diabetic Living and Diabetes Self-Management magazines. In addition to writing, I’ve spent the last half-dozen years running the diabetes education program for a rural non-profit clinic in the mountains of New Mexico. Don’t worry, I’ll get some rest after the cure. LifeAfterDx is my personal home base, where I get to say what and how I feel about diabetes and… you know… life, free from the red pens of editors (all of whom I adore, of course!).

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stopping to breathe

Everything stopped. With no plan, with no organization, we were dawn by our silent inner voices. Our need at this time, above all others, to be part of a group. We gathered in the lobby--doctors, nurses, office staff, and patients. We filled the chairs, leaned against the walls, and sat crossed legged on the floor. Our eyes glued to the TV on the wall, we watched history unfold.

In dead silence we watched our new President take the oath of office. Then 5….10…15…seconds of silence. A collective sigh of relief.

The page of history had turned.

At once we broke out into an explosion of cheers, whoops, high-fives, bear hugs, and applause. A good time to be alive.

We listened, in rapture, to his acceptance speech. Previous generations can tell you where they where when they found out that Pearl Harbor was bombed, where they were when man landed on the moon, and one of us can ever forget where we where when the twin towers fell.

I will always remember where I was when history changed course this time. With my friends… my colleagues… my family at the clinic. Witnessing history. Together.


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