It's a Type 2 Life
It's a Type 2 Life

San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes

  • Jul 31 2012

    No Pony in the Manure

    There's an old joke about twin brothers, one of whom is an incurable optimist. On their eighth birthday, the parents put a beautiful wooden rocking pony in one son’s room and a waist-deep pile of manure in the optimist’s room, hoping to teac...

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  • Jun 18 2012

    Buying Time Before Insulin

    Last week I wrote about my high blood glucose levels and my doctor’s recommendation that I begin taking insulin. I agreed and signed up to take a course on how to prepare insulin and use a syringe. As I write this, I’m waiting to confirm my...

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  • Jun 14 2012

    My Own Private Rubicon

    The expression “to cross the Rubicon” means to make a choice that’s not only life-changing but may be impossible to undo. It comes from ancient Rome when the city tried to protect itself from generals who were coming off of big victories in ...

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  • Jun 05 2012

    The Pattern Detectors: Part 1

    Temple Grandin is an autistic college professor known for two things: First, her high degree of social skill has made her the rare autistic person who can communicate the perceptions and thought processes of autistic people to the larger world....

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  • May 24 2012

    My Friend’s Eye View of Diabetes

    I have a friend I pal around with for a day every few months. We’ll go into town with some sort of grown-up, goal-oriented theme, such as visiting rooftop parks or checking out produce markets in Chinatown—anything to make us feel less guilty a...

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  • Apr 26 2012

    The War of 2003, the Stalemate of 2012

    It started out as a Crusade. Now I’m content with an armed truce. When my doctor bluntly told me that summer day in 2003, “You have diabetes,” his announcement wasn’t unexpected. I’d been having bouts of thirst and excessive urination for so...

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  • Apr 02 2012

    Welcome to “It’s a Type 2 Life”

    A publisher I once worked for had a policy about what you call people who have diabetes. “You call them ‘people with diabetes,’” he said. He hated the word “diabetic” because he thought it implied that diabetes is all that you are, and not jus...

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About the Author

Bay Area resident Patrick Totty was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July, 2003.

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