Reinventing Myself at 50: Chapter Zero

How a doctor’s advice changed my life

The moment things changed

Ive had to reevaluate a lot of things about my current situation, but that started with my diabetes diagnosis late last year. At 5-foot-6 and almost 260 pounds, it wasn’t a surprise — I’d been pre-diabetic for years — but it was still a slap in the face.

Image from Steve Buissinne via Pixabay

I turned to my wife in the car and said, “I can do this. I just have to make some adjustments.”

I started walking the long way from the Pizzarena media entrance to the press-room elevator, then started getting to games a little earlier to do a full lap of the concourse before heading downstairs. While I was there, I might as well throw in a lap after the game. It was better than walking outdoors in the winter.

Socially distanced interviews (photo by author)
Another night without sleep (Image by marlon Nainggolan via Pixabay)

Freelance writer and data scientist in Metro Detroit. Covered pro sports for NHL.com and the Associated Press before COVID-19. Mentally ill and not ashamed.

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