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October 25, 2016
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I saw this headline: Deborah Fraser Beats Battle with Diabetes

I didn’t know who Deborah Fraser was either.

Deborah Fraser is a South African gospel legend apparently. I was intrigued. I didn’t think diabetes was “beatable.” Of course from time to time you hear that someone has beaten cancer; always amazing and inspiring news. Diabetes though? How do you win?

I don’t like to assume, but since the story neglected to specify the type of diabetes that has been vanquished, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it was probably type 2.

Fraser has released a new album which includes the song, “Xa Ndilahlekayo,” which she says she wrote during some of her darkest days, according to SunBuzz. I know and I’m sorry; now you’re all going to have the song “Xa Ndilahlekayo” stuck in your head for the rest of the day. My apologies for that.

While disappearing from the public eye and struggling with diabetes, the singer said “I had accepted and prepared myself to take the journey of death.”

But now, she has won.

I am picturing the cover art of her latest album, “Umqhele.” She is standing on the ropes of a boxing ring looking out at the wildly cheering crowd. Her arms are raised victoriously as she smiles with bloody lips and swollen eyes. Out cold on the mat in the background is diabetes with tiny stars circling above its bloody head like a halo.

Can one really win? Having been to many endocrinologist visits at Children’s Hospital for close to 10 years, I don’t recall any of the patients skipping out of the office saying, “WINNING!” smugly a la Charlie Sheen.

Maybe to win is to survive; to coexist with it. To press on when the end seems all but inevitable.

I feel a sing-along coming on. Yes I do. “Xa Ndilahlekayo.”

Come on, everyone! You know the words.

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