Sunday, April 3, 2016
Who knew? Not me! Evidently Tom Hanks was diagnosed with Type Two Diabetes and announced it on the David Letterman Show in 2013. Guess I missed that episode.
As you know, I believe in using humor to help me through my day with diabetes. However, when watching the link (see below) about his diagnosis, I wanted to say, “Be careful, Mr. Hanks, guess who might just have the last laugh?”
Tom Hanks is an actor whom I admire and was hoping that he was taking his diagnosis seriously, when I came upon an article in a magazine known as Diabetes Focus. The article mentioned his announcement on the Letterman Show, but it also went on to explain the steps he and his wife (Rita Wilson) were taking to manage his T2D and improving their lifestyle as a whole. Those steps included limiting sugar and exercising on a daily basis. He took it seriously.
Hanks pointed out that genetics plays an important role and that he was “genetically inclined” to get the disease. I wish I’d understood that, those many years ago when I was diagnosed. I’d had two babies that weighed in at 9.3 lbs. and 9 pounds even, and I was informed that gestational diabetes simply meant that I “might get diabetes later in life.” It was treated as “nothing to worry about.” Believe me, that “later in life” showed up much sooner than I’d anticipated!
The GOOD NEWS in this is that, SO much more is known about diabetes today and, it’s no longer treated as “nothing to worry about.” It’s an epidemic, and I’m hoping that parents world wide are paying attention to their medical history, the food that they and their children are eating and the exercise that takes place with their family members each day.
Should we LAUGH IN THE FACE OF DIABETES? Hell yeah! BUT, only with the knowledge that we are controlling it with diet, exercise, and medication (if needed). It’s a serious matter, that can be dealt with a dose of humor — to get through the day. 🙂
Sometimes, Laughter is the Best Medicine! 🙂