MandaJoMiles's Journal, 03 February 2011

I had somewhat of an "Ah-HA!" moment this morning, concerning being a doctor..... (this article helped me: http://www.drjaywortman.com/blog/wordpress/about/)


Picture in your mind, a middle aged woman going to the doctor to find out the results of her labs tests. She's nervous her diagnosis will be life-threatening or that it is too far progressed. The doctor comes in, and regretfully confirms the diagnosis. He then gives her two options:

(1) They can try for a cure, with what will be a very difficult treatment.
(2) They can treat her symptoms, with medicines that won't really change her day-to-day life and she'll live with the disease for the rest of her life.

There are many things running through her mind: her kids, her loving husband, their vacation to Disney World in a couple months, the family dog, the girls day she has planned with her sister next week...the thoughts are endless.


Of course she wants to try for a cure.........right?



If this was cancer, sure she'd choose option #1. But what if it was diabetes, a disease that is sure to kill her eventually if left untreated? What most people don't realize is that there IS a cure for Type II Diabetes! Instead, we choose option #2 because we don't want to endure a "Difficult" treatment, like losing weight or giving up your nightly bowl of ice cream. What's funny is that I have had several patients choose option #2, when option #2 was daily injections of insulin--not easy by any means.....

I've been there. I was as big of carb-addict as you could imagine. I was classified as having "pre-diabetes" at age 20, even with a normal BMI. My whole family is plagued with diabetes, so genetics are not on my side. I've spent the past few years in denial too. I argued with my Mom (who started Atkins two years ago) countless times about how "unhealthy" the low-carb lifestyle is...mainly because I didn't want to give up my bread/cereal/ice cream/cake/candy/pop.

Well, I have finally passed denial and have accepted Treatment Option #1, which is why I am here. Weight loss isn't the point of this lifestyle for me; being healthy enough to have children is. Being a good example. Not feeling like crap every time I finish a meal. To practice what I preach.




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Wow, serendipity at work. Dr. Wortman's blog was posted earlier today. Coincidence? I don't think so. Good luck on your journey. 
03 Feb 11 by member: sarahsmum
I totally stole it from the daily happenings!!!! It just inspired me, because it is SO true!!!! 
03 Feb 11 by member: MandaJoMiles
Great journal Doc...Have an healthy week... 
03 Feb 11 by member: thecoach
Great journal! I read Dr. Wortman's blog yesterday too. I sent you a buddy request. Have a great weekend! 
04 Feb 11 by member: Cindy Thompson
Very thoughtful entry, MandaJo! I appreciate your insights and the example you are being for your family and for your patients. I'm so glad we're buds "doc"! 
04 Feb 11 by member: Evie1010
Thanks everyone! Cindy: gladly accepted!! Evie: I'm glad we're buds too.  
04 Feb 11 by member: MandaJoMiles

     
 

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