Starting to write questions for Chapter 3, Eating, Body Image, Disordered Eating…this is going to be a big chapter and I need to figure out how to structure it! I remember one of my first questions when I was diagnosed was, “does this mean I can’t drink Cherry Coke?” I was 14 years old and Cherry Coke was a new flavor in 1985. Diet Cherry Coke didn’t come on the market for another year and the only people I knew who drank diet sodas were women on diets, not other 14 year olds. I loved the raspberry color of the Cherry Coke can, the way it fit into my hands, the taste that was dark and sweet and perfect after field hockey practice. I remember that not being able to drink my favorite soda felt like another small stab of cruelty, of punishment, another way of keeping me from having as much fun as everyone else. After I was diagnosed, Cherry Coke became so much more than a soda…..
I can’t wait to read the stories from my women with diabetes friends and find out which foods or drinks became symbols for everything they had to say no to.