San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty is a former trade publication writer and editor who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July 2003. In the years leading up to that moment, he had been a jack of all trades: janitor, delivery truck driver, housepainter, warehouseman, bindery worker, postal worker, paralegal, newspaper and magazine editor, publicist, school board member, freelance writer.
Since his diagnosis, he became a regular contributor to Diabetes Health magazine, co-founded a small publishing company, worked as a small-business editorial consultant, and still works as a guinea pig for an affable endocrinologist who conducts major diabetes drug trials. Diabetes hasn’t changed Totty’s desire for variety, but it has changed how he thinks about things and sees the world.
When he was young, Totty was an 800-meter racer and cross-country runner. He remembers sitting at Sunday Mass many years ago checking his pulse during the sermon and his astonishment that his tireless workouts had knocked his heartbeats down to 48 per minute. Sadly, he let the athlete inside of him slip away. As the years passed and the pounds and bad habits piled up, Totty became a prime—and successful—candidate for type 2 diabetes.
Totty is married and has one son, 27, a slender young man whom he gently bugs about watching what he eats and getting exercise. With his dad as a walking, talking example, the kid has a good chance of not getting the disease.
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