From the back of the book: Haidee S. Merritt is a self-proclaimed realist. Her collection of cartoons spans a period of more than a decade, starting out as nothing more than a few doodles and growing to represent a lifetime of personal struggles and experiences. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not dead. Quite the contrary, she is living day in and day out with Type 1 diabetes. Death would be like recess to a third grader.
Haidee has a BA in Literature and Classics from the University of Washington in Seattle but has studied throughout the world. She now resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, across the bridge from her studio in Kittery, Maine.
There’s no doubt I’m a late bloomer (I overheard my Mom saying so to my first boyfriend). Although I’m not opposed to embracing a trend, you can be pretty darn sure it’s no longer cool by the time I get wind of it. I live in New Hampshire, for godssake: I don’t really even try.
However, I am riding high atop the latest craze, proud as punch to be on the cutting edge for once. I have been a Type 1 diabetic longer than my memories go back; one of the originals, you might say. Lord knows, you can’t throw a rock without hitting a diabetic these days, you really can’t. Type 1, Type 2, and all the in-betweens they’re so fond of labeling us with. It’s not just me; everybody’s SOME type of diabetic. Hell, it’s the new trend.
In case you haven’t heard, diabetes isn’t just a disease, it’s a lifestyle. I’ve been living it long enough to know it sucks. If you think it’s easy—you know, “just watch your diet”—then you’re not doing it right. I’ve put my complaints to paper (a lot more paper than you’re holding right now, by the way) although I can’t quite remember why I started. Maybe I thought my dark sense of humor would pay off someday, somehow? So, thanks for helping me out: if you’ve got a few minutes, grab a seat and let me enlighten you…
WHAT SUCKS ABOUT BEING DIABETIC?
In my naiveté, I really thought the hard work was done. I gave birth to the book, as messy, painful and unpleasant as it was, and now all the world can raise it, shape it, and make it into the Bestseller it’s destined to be. I’m the artist and the patient: someone who leaves the marketing to the pros. I haven’t written in years and I really didn’t anticipate picking up the old pen (i.e. keyboard) and doing the dirty work. (The fact that I used the ‘publishing-as-childbirth’ metaphor should be all the proof you need that I’m out of touch, my writing level frozen in time, back in college, long ago.) Click here to continue reading…