On April’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast, Mr. Divabetic explores about what it means to be “RADICAL” about your diabetes with inspiration from the Nina Simone.
If you think that being pro-active about your health is ‘RADICAL’ think again. Although it’s common for people who have just been diagnosed to feel overwhelmed with all the information they’re getting and the choices they are being asked to make – it’s also important to be aware that the choices you make will have a BIG impact the rest of your life.
Let Lorraine Brooks’ ‘Radical Nina’ poem encourage you to be healthy even if it means going against the norm and standing up for your health and yourself.
What does it mean to be radical?
To be different, and make your own choices.
To live free and clear in your purpose
In spite of the differing voices.
To sing your own lyrics in song
That were written for you alone
To add your own music and harmony,
Make love to your own microphone.
To grasp at the backgrounds and melodies
Interpreting through your own senses,
Outspoken, unshaken, and militant
Addressing all manner of offenses.
To say I AM HERE to the masses
And I am Young, Gifted AND Black.
Embracing your talents and riches
And knowing you’ll never turn back.
Sweeping, deep-seated, essential,
Fanatical, colorful, wise.
Intelligent, vocal, and mindful,
And never accept compromise.
Sometimes they won’t understand you
If radical is in your creed,
But that’s part of being a hero,
And heroes are what we all need.
So, radical divas, press on!
Be comfortable up on your throne.
Remember the strength of one diva…
Whose name was Ms. Nina Simone.
For Monique, one of our Divabetic Club members in Philadelphia, being radical about your diabetes means:
You don’t sulk when others make unsettling remarks about diabetes.
You speak out when companies don’t do right by you.
You build a relationship with your doctor.
Taking care of yourself and taking advantage of medical treatments will help you prevent diabetes health-related complications and live a longer and happier life.
Get RADICAL! And be pro-active.