So tonight, I was kind of frustrated with life.
Some family friends recently lost their 14 year old son to an undetected heart defect. My parents went to his visitation tonight. I wanted to go, but I had to study for my test this morning. So I stayed home and attempted to concentrate. But instead of concentrating, I got to thinking about life and love and the meaning of it all.
Sometimes, this is not a happy topic to contemplate. Especially when your former youth pastor’s son just passed away at 14, and your former boss’s nephew is in the hospital due to a brain defect that didn’t show up until he was 13, eerily similar to Kenny’s heart defect, and your other former youth pastor is in the hospital for high blood pressure on top of other problems (something to do with the wall of his aorta I think, the initial hospitalization happened a while back so I can’t remember, if any Asbury people want to post correct description in the comments go right ahead.)
So I sat there in my room, attempting to study for my genetics test (not a test of my genetics, but rather, a test in the genetics course I’m taking this summer) and pondering whether life really has any meaning or not. I mean, I’ve been on this crusade to touch people with diabetes and to educate people living with diabetes that control is possible, but really, in 100 years, I along with everyone I know will more than likely be dead barring any major advances in medical science.
Way to be a Debbie Downer, HUH Sarah Jane?
But no, seriously, just hear me out. I was sitting there, trying to decide whether I should study or not, absently mindedly reading twitter posts, when I came across a DOC Bashing Session against one Dr. Don Colbert.
In case you don’t know who Dr. Colbert is, this is his website and this is what Kelly Kunik discovered in a book her wrote lying around in a CVS.
So basically, this doctor guy has the gall to go around and use people’s faith to sell his products and tell them that their diabetes can be cured with prayer.
I don’t know about you, but I am pretty angry that people like him exist who merely manipulate people’s faith for money, and this guy has the audacity to involve people’s health in this grand scheme.
After following the conversation between Dr Colbert and several DOCers on his Twitter Page, I was ready to study again. Life didn’t feel so meaningless again. This is what I meant by this tweet: I can’t watch this anymore…I have to study…thank you @DonColbert , what u did do right was put the fight back in me to educate ppl on D.
We have to fight back. We have to get people educated so they know not to listen to people peddling lies about health and especially about health and faith just to make a quick buck. We have to prevent tragedies like this from happening again and again.
And that’s why I started studying for my test again. Because to educate others, I first must educate myself.
Yeah, I wish I had started majoring in dietetics or nursing five years ago. But God had other plans for me. God may or may not have “given” me diabetes, that’s up for debate. But I know one thing is for sure, he blessed me to be alive in a time when insulin is readily available and modern medicine is making strides toward finding a cure. That’s what I have faith in. I am so blessed to have access to insulin and everything I need to be healthy. And I will do everything I can to let everyone know that I can that they can be happy and healthy too.