When the body decides to stop following the rules is a wonderful article by loren berlin from the new york times. Though not specifically about diabetes, this beautifully written story of the author's own struggle with ulcerative colitis touches on some universal themes around chronic illness. "Before my illness...if I followed certain rules, I would get the desired outcome." Ah yes, I vaguely remember what that feels like. "...Generally, if I made the investment, I got the return." Yep, a familiar concept too. One of the hardest parts about diabetes for me is that all the hard work, all the attention to detail never adds up to a cure, an accomplished ending. At best, it staves off disaster in the future which, don't get me wrong, is a good thing, a very worthy thing indeed. But still in the immediate moment, the everyday experience of chronic illness, the actions I take sometimes work and sometimes they don't. With chronic illness, the "body decides to stop following the rules". Action does not always deliver the desired results.