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Welcome to Part 17 of the State of the Fuskie Address. Confused? Check the bottom of this post. And you thought the DaVinci code was complex!

I am a diabetic. I have Type II diabetes, treated with diet and exercise. How is this relevant to investing? Well, first, this is my life we are looking back upon. Second, it gives me a unique interest in biomedical companies who are working on a cure for insulin imbalances as well as other related diseases.

As a diabetic, I am at risk for problems with my eyes, my feet, my kidneys, and of course, my heart. To that end I recently began taking medication, like many others, to control my good and bad cholesteral levels. Eating healthier foods is not always cheap and that affects my budget, and subsequently my ability to save for retirement. The same goes for blood testing supplies and the need for insurance.

There is also a more morbid side to this story. Despite commercials with BB King living a long and rich life, diabetes is a chronic disease and the longer you live with it, the more potential there is for complications and ancillary diseases that can lower life expectations. This means I have to consider medical needs and pre-mature mortality as part of my retirement planning.

It is not a pleasant subject, but many Fools deal with life problems every day that impact their immediate and long term investment objectives. However, I believe you should never let tomorrow interfere with living your life today. Which brings me to the subject of the next post in our journey.

Aside: Many Fools have suggested that links to posts on other discussion boards be identified so that you can avoid jumping into a thread past where you last read. One wise fool suggested that you open these links in new browser windows or in a new tab if your browser supports them. If you stumbled into this post and are confused, you are probably not alone. You can start from the beginning by going to the end.

Next stop on our journey:

Who founded this board as a forum for those diagnosed with or with family or friends diagnosed with diabetes to seek counsel, comfort, and information...
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