Day 69 – Picking Up And Fighting Back

I have a disease.  It just hit me.  I have a disease.  I guess I should have been expecting this revelation….But I think maybe this fact was burried under a few heaping piles of donuts, candy bars, pies, cupcakes, and cookies.  I had even tried to recommit myself to a health goal without fully admitting or realizing this one simple fact….I have a disease.  Now what?  What the hell am I gonna do?

Fight back!

Today’s gift….I am about to donate money to the American Diabetes Association.  As I am about to click “send” I see a side link that says “Take Action”.  I click on it.  Turns out they also do a bike event.  It is called Tour deCure.  I will raise money for people fighting diabetes and ride my bike 75 miles in the event!  This is right up my alley….as you probably already know.  So I register.  I am psyched.  I am taking action to fight back.  I am going to take more action to defeat this disease that I have.  I will win.  I am going to have to break it down into small battles, I think.  Kind of like a chess game.  So here goes nothing….King’s Pawn to E3.

Today’s painting has an interesting quote about life on it…”We are not taught to live like this, so awake, so attentive, so purposeful.  We are taught instead to move faster, to strive, grasp, hurry, claim, protect, defend, accomplish, accumulate, and then keep count of all the things that still belong to us.  That is, until the moment we learn in the most painfully insulting way that nothing, no thing or person or relationship or fortune, will ever belong to us….It is all on loan.”

Just think about that.  Your own body is on loan…your car, house, friends, life, success are all on loan.  Temporary.  I am also looking at my disease, Type 2 Diabetes, as being on loan.  Pain is an illusion.  And only temporary.





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4 Responses to Day 69 – Picking Up And Fighting Back

  1. Anonymous says:

    Pain Is temporary .Glory IS forever . Chicks dig scars. emotional or physical they only make us stronger! I like This painting alot it just calls out to me!

  2. Linda Garrity says:

    Hey Josh,
    Sorry I haven’t commented lately-I’ve been “off the grid” for a bit, but am still reading and enjoying your blogs and paintings.
    I’m trying to imagine what it might be like to be so young and how daunting it must be to come to the realization that you are dealing with a very serious disease; while you can’t really defeat diabetes, it is absolutely possible to manage your symptoms and lead a much healthier life. I admire your courage to come to terms with this reality and start to think of how you are going to accomplish this goal.
    Registering for and planning to ride in the Tour deCure is a very admirable step; if you send me the details, I would be happy to contribute to the fundraising portion of this endeavor.
    If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to look more carefully within the American Diabetes Association website; it is chock-full of information and tools.
    I really like the concept of this free program to help guide those who are newly diagnosed through the first year; it seems like it might be a good resource for you:


    • giftprolific says:

      Hey Linda,

      Thanks for the encouragement! Yeah I have read a lot on the Diabetes website. It is indeed mega helpful. I have even found a local group of folks to meet with and share tips and stories. I am very excited about my fundraising for the Tour deCure! It is going to be a blast. Below is the link to my fundraising page for anyone who wants to help get my fundraising started. I really appreciate your support. Talk to you soon.

      Donate today!


    • giftprolific says:

      Thanks for the website recommend. I have been on that site a lot lately. I even found a local support group. Thanks so very much for your contribution to my ride. I am super excited about it. Thanks for your support of this whole project. Take care. Talk to you soon.

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