Friday, November 14, 2008

World Diabetes Day - Ninja Style

I wanted to do something serious. Not like yesterday.

Something that would help raise awareness which meant, it had to be good enough to be passed around.

I wanted to do something I could be proud of. I think I did.

Not By Choice by George Simmons

When we first met I had no clue
Who you were, what you meant, what you’d do
I tried to run but where to run to
Tried to hide away but you knew.

You’re here with me, but not by choice
Your scream, so loud, without a voice
I learned your name but still don’t understand
Why it never ends.

My bloody hands my tired heart
My spirit broken from the start
I try to blame myself but that’s not right
Maybe I have you cause God knew that I would fight.

You’re here with me, but not by choice
Your scream, so loud, without a voice
I learned your name but still don’t understand
Why it never ends.

Until that day when my time’s through
I fight for life and help others to fight too
‘cause we can’t stop, that is for sure
Until we find ourselves and everyone a cure!

You’re here with me, but not by choice
Your scream, so loud, without a voice
I learned your name but still don’t understand
Why it never ends.


Karen said...

Wow, George, that was terrific. Clapton and Santana would be proud - and I'm sure the D-OC is too!

Vivian said...

Another amazing Ninja moment. That is beautiful! You did good brother.

Matt Keeling said...

Holy crap dude! I am really sitting here in awe.

You Rock!

Bishop1073 said...

George, you are truly amazing. I got chills listening to that. Happy World Diabetes Day. my fellow Ninja...

j-ro said...

So Amazing... Thanks for sharing that!

Sandra Miller said...

Wow... just... wow.

That was beautiful, George.

Hannah said...

Awesome. You never cease to amaze me. I made one goofy post and one somewhat serious post today. Happy WDD--I never knew what an awesome singer you were!!

Ron said...

Wow!, I am glad I came accross your blog today. My daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes when she was around 11 years old.
She is 21 years old today and last January had a healthy baby boy. My first grandson. Your song is awesome.

Cara said...

You are fantastic. And of course you aren't Clapton or're Nijabetic!
That must have been heart wrenching to write and sing. I could see it on your face at the end.
Bless you for putting my feelings, and the feelings of countless others, to song.

Jillian said...

You've left me speechless. Bravo, the song really sums it all up so well.

JaimieH said...

in rock...nuff said

Lynnea said...


Nancy said...

Hey George-Came to your blog via Kerri's yesterday...and I laughed my butt this??? Awesome...a man of many talents!

Lee Ann Thill said...

You're a total rock star, dude. That was definitely cool. Happy WDD!

Minnesota Nice said...

....gasp. Oh man, George. What an incredible song. Your artistry is beyond words...............

Molly said...


(I have my lighter out and am swaying back and forth!)

You are a star, George!

Gaelyne / Flitterby said...

I feel like I'm repeating everyone else but Wow George, that was amazing!

Wouldn't it be great if you could have your song as a download so fellow D-Friends could listen to it and share it.

Hugs and Happy World Diabetes Day,

Kerri. said...

George, this is beautiful. You are one honking talented guy, SuperG. :)

I am so proud to be your friend.

Lea said...

George, that was wicked cool! :) I'm speechless...

Scott K. Johnson said...

G-Money - you are my hero man. That was incredible.

Anonymous said...

it took me a long time to write this comment, as each time i watch your video of your song, i cry. you said the words that were in my heart. but then of course you did, we are such friends that i would expect no less from you.


Sara said...

George - I have no words. Brilliant!

k2 said...

You are awesome and talented and I am both proud and happy to call you my friend.

PS - my first comment from yesterday didn't show up for some reason.

ron ragsag said...

Sweet! Chillz! That is all from your heart dude and I mos def know that God sees that and He's using you to reach out to many. It is awesome to know your purpose here in this world! You have a soul of a saint and a courage of a true warrior! Love you man!..............btw, I got some harmonies to it :D

AprilSandmeyer said...


The first annual Gerald J. Friedman Fellows Symposium was held November 14, 2008 on World Diabetes Day at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City. This exciting day-long event, from 9AM until 6PM, explored the ongoing research of a unique fellowship program, bringing together multi-disciplinary academicians to advance research on nutrition, diabetes and health.

The symposium featured a plenary lecture by Dr. Anastassios Pittas, the first Friedman Fellow, on lessons from 10 years in research. Fellows, drawn from Beth Israel Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Siouxland Medical Education Foundation, Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center delivered presentations on cutting-edge research.

Symposium topics included: Molecular mechanisms that link type 2 diabetes and breast cancer progression, Novel biological roles for Vitamin K, Does women's empowerment really improve child nutrition in Bangladesh? and sixteen others.

One of the most exciting presentations on the agenda was that of conference co-chair Leonid Poretsky, M.D., Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism Director at Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute, Gerald J. Friedman Chair in Endocrinology at Beth Israel Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Poretsky presented data from the first year of operation at the new Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center. Perhaps the most important measurable goal the program has achieved is a 50% reduction in excess HbA1C (a reflection of an average of all blood sugars in an individual which have occurred in a period of three months) levels, in all patients at the Institute. The odds of this occurring by chance alone are .1%. With 99% certainty we can conclude that patients who have entered this program have shown these improvements within at least 3 months.

The first annual Gerald J. Friedman Fellows Symposium was sponsored by The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation and marked the first anniversary of The Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City.

as reported by April Sandmeyer

Laura Kelly said...


Rachel Gagliano said...

Wow! Thank you so much for writing this and putting words to all of those emotions that I feel-it made me cry.
I especially loved the line "Maybe I have you cause God knew that I would fight."

It gives us some power back, and is so true!

Brilliant. I hope diabetics everywhere hear this b.c I know it will speak to the depths within them. Just great.

Thank You!!!

Rachel said...

WOW!!! I...... WOW!! Great song! :)