SugarFree Spotlight: Sujoy P.

Sujoy and I go way back. Like Dranesville Dragons back. It should come as no surprise that we have very similar tastes. Although I’d like to think I’m a more cultured gamer (if there is such a thing), but he is finally branching outside of the Sony Defense Force. Congratulate @docfunk on his newfound love of the Nintendo DS and remind him that I am still his most formidable foe in Tecmo Super Bowl. It’ll only take another 3 years before I get him to try out a first person shooter. It is my personal belief that Sujoy should be, and more importantly WILL BE writing for ESPN’s Page 2 before our time is done. Check out his blog as evidence. Below are his thoughts on diabetes and me. And if you love bonus features, I’ll be posting his first draft in a couple days. It wasn’t the style I was looking for (again I direct you to his blog for a hint), but it’s well worth the read.

Diabetes is defined as a syndrome of disordered metabolism, usually due to a combination of hereditary and environmental cause, resulting in abnormally high blood sugar level. (blatantly stolen from wikipedia).

Chris is defined as an more astute than austere. More effervescent than efferous. He can write a thesis on why you should be playing Burnout, but won’t burn you for buying NBA Live for the 10th disappointing year in a row. Whereas some prefer gangster flicks, Chris prefers the superheroes. The good guys burdened by their differences to overcome said adversity and ultimately help others (see what I did there?). Chris knows JAVA APIs and Optical Routers like he knows the Marvel/DC Universe. Which is frighteningly well.

Note what I didn’t mention there. Diabetes.

Diabetes does not define Chris. If you only know him through the lens of this website, you may thoroughly disagree. You’d be wrong (just like you were about Chris Brown).

Chris The Website, makes it pretty clear he has diabetes. Chris The Person is more reserved. You may not even notice how he tactically pulls out the insulin shot and administers his phoenix down with the stealth usually reserved for a Splinter Cell game (yeah, I’m a nerd). After six years, I still can’t look. I don’t know what I would do if I were in his shoes.

I have known Chris most of my life. We lived in the same neighborhood in Northern Virginia and again at Virginia Tech. He even got me a job at his company (Stark Enterprises). He introduced me to podcasts and video games that didn’t have a “cover 2 defense.” He made me hate David Caruso. One time I got knocked out of a flag football game, and Chris subbed in despite being very recently diagnosed. That’s the type of person he is.

Today, he continues bench press life to the max. Most of all, he defines himself. Though diabetes is obstinately a part of his life, Chris does not let diabetes define him.

Sujoy is a reluctant gamer traveling down the rabbit hole to madness. Also, he pretends to do stuff with computers or something.


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