Diabetes, FAQ

What is diabetes?

That’s the question people ask when they don’t particularly care. It’s a lazy question, posed to you a billion times without purpose and answered sans concern.  Resulting in the same outcome, never benefitting you the diabetic. Well the answer is that the person asking doesn’t want an answer. It’s a media click and a bosses’ quip.

How do you care for your diabetes?

Questions, for questions sake, by the lazy. ‘Why don’t you know the answer, you are the diabetic. Well I suppose it’s not all your fault, but until you get better you are not of equality to the rest of us.’ Unless they care, they really don’t care.

Diabetes, what should I eat?

As an adult, it’s entirely up to you really. It depends on how much insulin you are happy pumping into your body on a daily basis and how happy you are near collapsing in shopping centres as all the meds kick your ass in one go. As the parent of a child with diabetes (not me you), my God my heart goes out to you and I do not know for the life of me why you are not getting better support and free prescriptions at least till they reach the age of 16. Other than you live in a country where your Government give more love to Big Pharma and Private Insurance than they do their own next generation of population.

When is the cure for diabetes coming?

That’s the question that steels hope from our hearts and money from our pockets. Buy into this idea, partake in that event: pilfering away at our concerns for loved ones on research and development grants (back handers) but never delivering the fundamental solutions to a system holding us down. How can a pack of blood sugar test strips cost more than a PAYG (US Burner) mobile phone? That’s a better question. Why hasn’t the 10’s and 100’s of millions of charitable cure money, donated by those who can least afford it each year, found a simple and cheap solution to this?  And when they do find the worlds’ most profitable cure for the worlds’ most profitable disease, who shares in the spoils? Hope is very profitable, I think is the answer to this question.

I think this has all been covered a million times. Where we really have to start looking is into the emotional state of the diabetic, particularly in regards to the emotional trauma of persistent fluctuating blood sugar, hormones and fear of what’s ahead. Bear in mind that insulin is a hormone and as such, we as diabetics do suffer a hormonal imbalance, which infects into every instant of our lives, from personal, private and professional. Anyway, I have written a book about it and how we push on.

Paul Cathcart, Author of ‘Persona Non Grata with Diabetes.’ Google it! (Also check out our diabetes group Diabetes Anxiety) P

P.s. You are not alone my diabetic brothers and sisters.


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Official Press Release


Living with Diabetes,You Are Not Alone

Explained with Honest Wit and

Real World Experiences

“I felt as though I was dying faster than I was living. I figured things out and I made myself better. I wrote this book for you,” Paul Cathcart.

January 07, 2014:  Paul Cathcart is diabetic, yes, but it is how he handles the disease and who he is that is quite individual among 371,000,000 fellow sufferers; a population larger than the USA screaming in silence, ubiquitously blamed by others as being overweight, lazy or lack the discipline for dietary structure.  The disease can strike anyone.

With a writing style extraordinarily unique, Cathcart streams his consciousness without hesitation onto the pages of his book, Persona Non Grata with Diabetes, named with his style of language of a quick wit and a sharp tongue, brewed from his upbringing in Glasgow, Scotland.

Raised in a working class family by a single mother, Cathcart created the picture that diabetes can and does happen to “normal,” everyday people, he smashed down the door to shed some light on what it means to live with the disease.

“The work is a head in my hands reflection and looking forward of my life with diabetes,” said the Author during an interview with Pacific Book Review.  He continued, “What led me to where I stand at the moment I decided to write this book (seventeen years trial and blood sugar error, read as emotional turmoil lost in a bigger world) and through that four year period to completion.”

Interestingly, when asked who outside his family supported him, he replied, “It took some time to get to the development stage, where I was able to reach out and ask the opinions of fellow diabetics, on whether they felt the same. Ultimately their feedback was unanimous, we are all screaming inside with this condition in one-way or another. But until then and outside of that I wish I had better things to say.”

“Say” he does. Cathcart keeps his humour and welcomes readers, both diabetic and non-diabetic, with the understanding that you don’t have to face life’s struggles alone.

Real diabetic, reader reviews have flooded in, praising the, Bravery of the Author” for Laugh out loud moments of desperation” and Finally a book about diabetes that isnt patronising, doesnt moralise and tells it like it is.

This book makes for an especially good read for those struggling with the condition but it also serves as a good educational piece for those looking to understand a loved one.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: An everyday diabetic of 20 years experience; Cathcart has come to understand his diabetes as a state-of-being rather than its medical definition. With his core belief, that only through a rightful understanding can we accept a just responsibility to our shared condition.

Author: Paul Cathcart



Title: Persona Non Grata with Diabetes

Free chapters: http://www.pngwd.com/

Author:   Paul Cathcart

Publisher:   Paul Cathcart

ISBN:  9780957689947

Pages:  424, Paperback/Kindle

Genre:  Health & Fitness / Diseases / Diabetes