Diabetes

I'm Wilford Brimley and I'd like to talk to you for a few minutes about diabetes.

Actually, about diabetes and how it's affected me in my life.

I'll start when I was first diagnosed.
I was scared to death.
I was experiencing symptoms that were strange and unfamiliar to me.
For instance, I had an unquenchable thirst.
My tongue felt like a horse shoe rasp.

I was losin' my vision.
I was losin' my energy.
I was gettin' up every fifteen or twenty minutes all through the night.

So I wasn't gettin' any rest
And as a result of all these things
I lost all my energy.

I'm surrounded by people who love me and I was scared.

A man doesn't like to admit he was scared.
But I truly was. I wasn't afraid to die.
I knew that was comin' to all of us,
But what I was afraid of was

Diabetes. Forget your troubles, get happy.
Diabetes. And I've done things I shouldn't do.
Diabetes. Do the best you can with what you got.
Diabetes. And I would encourage all of you.

And I might have to live a long time feelin' like I felt
And I really wasn't interested in that.
So finally, at the urging of my family,
the ones who love me the most, I went to see a doctor.

And he explained things to me in a language that I understood.

And I think the most important thing he said to me was
Wilford, you losen up, diabetes. If you wanna get better
The more attention you pay to these things and the more diligent you are
The faster you'll get better and the better you'll feel,

And ladies and gentlemen that's exactly the way it's been.

Diabetes. Forget your troubles, get happy.
Diabetes. And I've done things I shouldn't do.
Diabetes. Do the best you can with what you got.
Diabetes. Loosen up, all of you.

Now I'm not perfect and I've slipped up.
There's a line in the song that I wanna tell you.
Through the years,
the closer I've paid attention to the instructions of my doctor

When I don't eat apple pie, and I don't eat ice cream
And I eat the foods that I'm supposed to eat,
And I do my exercises, and I take my medicine,
And I do the procedures that I was instructed to do

I do feel better.

Diabetes is not the worst thing in the world.
People do learn to live with it.
In closing I would like to say to you

Diabetes. Forget your troubles, get happy.
Diabetes. And I've done things I shouldn't do.
Diabetes. Do the best you can with what you got.
Diabetes. And I would encourage all of you.

Diabetes. Forget your troubles, get happy.
Diabetes. And I've done things I shouldn't do.
Diabetes. And I've eaten ice cream and apple pie.
Diabetes. And I would encourage all of you.

Diabetes. Forget your troubles, get happy.
Diabetes. And I've done things I shouldn't do.
Diabetes. Do the best you can with what you got.
Diabetes. And I would encourage all of you.