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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!).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Essay project for World Diabetes Day


The email was from one of my sisters. Not one of my two biological sisters, but from one of my thousands of genetic sisters. The subject line was: Essay Challenge!

As I love to write and love a challenge, I dropped everything important I was doing (it was probably surfing eBay or Etsy) and opened the email. It read: Take the diabetes 6-word essay challenge!

Now. Wait. A. Second.

A six-word essay? That’s ridiculous. Six words isn’t even a haiku. I can’t even clear my voice in six words. So naturally I wrote her and told her exactly that.

Apparently, I’m a weenie. And a coward. And afraid to try something new. Oh, just for good measure she questioned whether or not my writing talents were up to the task.

Yes, she knew all the right buttons to press. Her six-word essay? Diabetes is genetic just like me! (Mind you, this particular sister is a biologist.)

So sufficiently goaded, I worked on it for a bit, and I confess, it was actually kind of fun to try to say more with less. Here’s mine:

Diabetes is darkness morphing to light.

Now it’s your turn. Take the challenge. Post your six-word diabetes “essay” in comments. And check out other six-word essays over at NPR, who are apparently the fiends responsible for this bit of silliness (the six-word essay, not necessarily the diabetes version.)


4 Comments:

OpenID dmeanderings said...

Diabetes was a surprise at fifty-five.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Craig Le Fevre said...

Diabetes showed me who I am.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Beverly "Dr. Bev" Adler said...

Diabetes is a Blessing in Disguise.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Mike Hoskins said...

Diabetes Bubbles Up and Fizzles Flat.

12:34 AM  

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