Consumption is a haunting story of a woman's life marked by struggle and heartbreak, but it is also much more. It stunningly evokes life in the far north, both past and present, and offers a scathing dissection of the effects of consumer life on both north and south. It does so in an unadorned, elegiac style, moving between times, places and people in beautiful counterpoint. But it is also a gripping detective story, and features medical reportage of the highest order. In 1962 at the age of ten, Victoria is diagnosed with tuberculosis and must leave her home in the Arctic for a sanatorium in The Pas, Manitoba. Six years will pass before she returns to the north, years she spends learning English and Cree and becoming accustomed to life in the south. When she does move home, the sudden change in lifestyle leads sixteen-year-old Victoria to feel like a stranger in her own family. At the same time, Inuit culture is undergoing some equally bewildering changes: Cheetos are being eaten alongside walrus meat, and dog teams are slowly being replaced by snowmobiles. Victoria eventually settles back into the community and marries John Robertson, a Hudson's Bay store manager, and they raise three children together. Although their marriage is initially close, Robertson will always be Kablunauk , a southerner, and this becomes a point of contention between them. When Robertson becomes involved in arrangements to open a diamond mine in Rankin Inlet, the family's financial condition improves, but their emotional life becomes ever more fraught: their son, Pauloosie, draws ever closer to his hunter grandfather as their daughters, Marie and Justine, develop a taste for Guns N' Roses. Several other richly imagined characters deepen Patterson's unsentimental portrait of both north and south. They include Dr. Keith Balthazar, a flailing doctor from New York whose despairing affection for Victoria leads to tragedy, and Victoria's brother, Tagak, who finds that the diamond mine allows him a success and maturity he could never attain within his traditional culture. The novel deftly tracks the meaning of consumption in both north and south. Consumption is tuberculosis, an illness previously unknown among the Inuit that wrenches Victoria from her home as a child, changing her family relationships, her outlook on the world and her entire future. As such consumption is a harbinger of the diseases of affluence, such as diabetes and heart disease that come to afflict the Inuit over the four-decade span of the novel. Consumption also defines the culture of post-industrial, urban North America, captured here through Keith Balthazar's troubled relatives in New Jersey. And when the diamond mine opens in Rankin Inlet, its consumption of northern natural resources seems to symbolize Canada's relationship with the Arctic and southern encroachments on the Inuit way of life. Consumption is a sweeping novel, of the kind one rarely encounters today: it is an esse
Got Diabetes? I Do, 54 Years & Counting...My story is about some of the events that happened to me during my battle with a very serious illness - Diabetes Type I which I have had for 54 years and counting. In 1958 at the age of 18 with a 6 month old son, I was very sick and eventually diagnosed with Diabetes Type I. My story is about some of the events that happened to me while raising three children and a husband. In those early years I had no education or information about how to care for myself and live with my disease. There were very few diet foods or drinks and counting carbs was not as sophisticated as it is today. This is about my personal experiences and all the different changes and improvements that have occurred during my 54 years with diabetes. Audrey Hamilton lives near Olympia, Washington with her husband Jim of 56 years and their beloved dog Trixie.
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This is more than a tale of mutual rescue. This is an epic story of friendship and strength. Eric was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of type 2 diabetes due to his weight, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey together, forming a bond of unconditional love that forever changed their lives. Over the next year, just by going on walks, playing together, and eating plant-based foods, Eric lost 150 pounds, and Peety lost 25. As a result, Eric reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and healthy for the first time in his life -- eventually reconnecting with and marrying his high school sweetheart. WALKING WITH PEETY is for anyone ready to make a change in his or her life, and for everyone who knows the joy, love, and hope that dogs can bring.