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Bob’s Diagnosis Story – 190

This is an edited version of a post that appeared on my on blog in 2010.

I almost always find diagnosis stories to be interesting. For many people, diagnosis results from some sort of crisis, whether it be a life-threatening high, the onset of complications, or just a doctor’s visit resulting from persistent fatigue or other early symptoms. I was a little luckier.

Un homme déprimé et travail — PhotoAbout six months before I was diagnosed, I began experiencing the classic symptoms of thirst and frequent urination. Like many folks, though, I didn’t really think of the thirst as being unusual – it was the bathrooms trips that kinda bothered me. Did I secretly suspect the truth, down in my heart of hearts? Yes — or, rather, no: the ‘truth’ I was hiding from was my suspicion that I was developing prostate problems. The thought scared me, though – my dad had had prostate surgery – and I took no action.

A couple of months before diagnosis, I had an opportunity to join a weight loss program at my workplace. I made some pretty big changes: I quit drinking sugared soda (boy, had I been guzzling that!), generally ate more sensibly, did some exercising, and lost about 20 pounds. (Alas — they didn’t stay lost.) Guess what? I also quit living in the bathroom, and I now know that I pretty much stopped having symptoms. So, when I went in for my physical, I just expected a pat on the back and encouragement to keep going.

Perhaps because I had a type 2 father, the doctor must ordered an A1c as part of my blood work. (The prostate was fine.) A couple of weeks later, when I got home from work on a Friday, I had a letter (!) informing me that I had diabetes and that I needed to make an appointment for a follow-up. (I learned later that my A1c had been 9.5.)

At that time, I had no idea as to the changes that letter would bring into my life.

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Blogger Closet January

Every month TheSLCTD blogger closet offers you a new curated shopping experience with the very best fashion pieces found on the internet. We scroll endlessly through all the best online shops so you don’t have to. Shopping is easy, just click the piece you love most and you will be directed towards the online destination at which you can place your order.

So even though it is only January and the freezing cold has us paralyzed every time we step outside, you do need to be thinking about open shoes like these. They are selling out now. So if you want the perfect Laurence Dacade sandal or de platform flats from Calvin Klein or Steve Madden, you need to act now. And trust me, you will want to have them when Spring finally blossoms.

You can sigh in relief though, because your legs can stay wrapped up. Do invest in a pair of flared jeans (for example these from J Brand) and make sure you own the perfect pair of cropped trousers. Preferably black of course, but you can keep going with all colors or prints even. Last but not least, the slim fitted black jeans, a staple no one can go without. I don’t care if you already own one, it probably has been worn so much it needs to be replaced ;-).

Let’s talk bags. Nowadays they tend to reside under my eyes. All the more reason to distract from those bags with some eye-catchers (ooooh the irony) that you carry in your hand or around your shoulders. The mini bags will reign this coming season, which means we need to drastically cut down on junk we carry around. But with beauties like these, from Calvin Klein, Zign and Sophie Hulme, we’ll gladly start sifting through the mess that weighs us down every day.

Let me know what you think…

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The almighty Sacré-Cœur.

It is always impressive to look at. Day and night, during a hot summer day or a foggy Sunday morning in fall. Walking through small alleys or standing on top of a Parisian building, it rises over the city and gives it even more grandeur.

The Sacré-Cœur.

Being a relatively young church, the construction was only finished in 1914, it is located on the picturesque hill of Montmartre in the north of Paris and landmarks the highest point of the French capital.

This Parisian Postcard was taken from insight the Musée d’Orsay which is famous for its collection of impressionist paintings. Many of these impressionist, like Monet and Renoir, actually painted the sceneries at the hill of Montmartre just before or during the construction of the great Basilica.

Many of these artist gathered on Place du Tertre, a small, beautiful square near then construction site of the Sacré-Cœur. Probably not surprisingly with such a great history the Place du Tertre has become a tourist magnet, just like the Sacré-Cœur itself.

Definitely worth a visit when you are Paris. However for those who do not fancy queuing up with other tourist to climb the stairs to the church, it is also admirable from many locations in Paris, especially on the right bank.

Want to discover more cool places to visit in Paris? I’m collecting all of my favorites here.