I don't want to be dispiriting toward John Edwards, especially not today, but I'm not so sure about the way that John Edwards characterized diabetes today, in relation to his wife Elizabeth's breast cancer.
Needless to say, I have only the best wishes for Elizabeth Edwards and Edwards family. That she is so encouraging and supportive of her husband's race toward the White House speaks volumes about her support for him.
But John Edwards made a strange comparison to diabtes today (March 23), in the New York Times - Mr. Edwards said "many [cancer] patients had lived many years, managing their condition in a way he likened to people with diabetes who rely on insulin treatment."
Although I understand that he is trying to make the cancer more understandable, I don't really think that advanced cancer is all that similar to diabetes. One is preventable, one not; one has complications that are preventable, one not. However blunt we think the tools for diabetes are, they don't compare in my mind to how blunt the tool of chemotherapy is. Most everyone knows someone with diabetes and someone with cancer, and they are to some extent, fairly different worlds in which the two patient groups are living.
We wish Elizabeth Edwards the very best.