I Love this article.
Control is a bad word for diabetes. Really. Eat well, exercise — and then fall off your bike . Up goes the blood sugar. Take boot camp – lots of exercise — stress your body — up goes the blood sugar. Take care of someone sick — up goes your blood sugar. Feel for someone’s problems — up goes your blood sugar. Life happens and your blood sugar goes. up . As my Doctor says — diabetes is a progressive disease. – progressively worse.
Influence is a better word. It makes sense from my experience.
I like the word influence for all diseases. You can do everything in you r power to prevent a cold, and still get one. But it is a great word for chronic conditions. Life will always get in the way of control.
I’m not that picky about word choices. In fact, my DH would say I am careless. But sometimes it really makes a difference.