I am still looking at the English Channel outside of my hospital window. On a positive note, it is a better view than the one I had at my hotel room.

To my left is a woman named Christine and Betty is in the bed across from me. They have both suffered from type 2 diabetes for a long time. Chris got an infection due to her's and had to get her foot amputated. She's got a wonderful, positive attitude and a lot of advice for me. She has talked to me quite a bit about taking control and care of my health. She told me that I have a clear sight of what could be and although it was rough to hear, I think she seriously wants me to realize how important being healthy truly is. It also helps you appreciate all that you have.

Betty is what everyone calls "naughty". She's a 90 year old hilarious and silly woman who does't like listening to doctors of nurses. She snuck in a cigarette yesterday by smoking it outside of a window like a teenager in a high school bathroom. I don't have any diabetic advice from her but I do want to use this opportunity to say that if you smoke you WILL end up in the hospital for weeks or months on end. Betty misses her independence but it's her smoking that took a lot of it away for the past 30 years, as her daughter told me.

I'll write you more later. Thanks for reading.

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    Kris Fergus is training to run Red White and Blue 26.2 in Findlay, Ohio on October 7th, 2012. Though this is not her first marathon, it is the first race in which she will run after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Training began on Monday, June 18th, and Kris will be keeping a blog to bring you with her on her journey and she will be raising money for Lakewood Hospital during the process.

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