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The DX Diabetes Dish: Gretchen Becker

Editor and author of The First Year®—Type 2 Diabetes

The DX regularly features The DX Diabetes Dish, a profile about life and life with diabetes. This month, we dish with Gretchen Becker, a writer and editor specializing in medical books. A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Radcliffe College, Becker was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1996 and has gone on to write The First Year®—Type 2 Diabetes, among other books. She lives on a farm in Vermont and approaches life with her own great sense of humor.

What is your state of mind today?

Not sure I have a mind today.

What three words would you use to describe who you are?

Gretchen E. Becker

How does diabetes change – or not change – who you are?

Life is more expensive.

What inspires you to do what you do?

If I could figure out what it is I do, I could answer that question.

What do you appreciate most in your friends?

Not having Call Waiting.

What would you pack for your favorite vacation?

People take vacations? Tell me more!

What’s in your refrigerator right now?

Mostly food. Some mold.

What is your favorite way to relieve stress?

Hang up as soon as you’re put on Call Waiting.

What is your idea of happiness?

Reaching a human being when you telephone a business.

What do you most dislike?

Call Waiting

What words do you try to live by?

Are we there yet?

What is your greatest fear?

That I’ll arrive at the Pearly Gates only to find that St. Peter has Call Waiting and I’m on hold for eternity, listening to some ear-splitting heavy metal music. 

What is your greatest extravagance?

Well, I spent $1.99 the other day on some brown tomatoes, wondering what they tasted like. They weren’t especially good.

On what occasion do you lie?

I lie all the time.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

They wouldn’t have diabetes genes. And neither would I.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Scrooge McDuck, because he’s even stingier than I am.

What would you choose for your last meal?

Lean meats, low-fat dairy, and lots of fruits and vegetables. No, wait — that’s what I told my CDE* my last meal was!

What are you looking forward to right now?

Finishing these questions.

All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the interviewee and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.

*“Certified Diabetes Educator” and “CDE” are certification marks owned and registered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). NCBDE is not affiliated in any way with Sanofi US. NCBDE does not sponsor or endorse any diabetes-related products or services.

© 2013 The DX: The Diabetes Experience

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