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My guest is Chrystal from L.A.. She is just one of many positive diabetics making a huge difference in the diabetes community. She is a chemist, and diabetic activist. After Chrystal's diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in November 2007, she created SexyDiabetic.com; and donates a good portion of her time connecting and sharing experiences, both inside and outside the online diabetic communities.

Chrystal has shared with us her personal experiences living with diabetes; her role in the diabetic community; some of her current diabetic project she's working on during black history month.

We talked about some of the struggles we we face, getting the African American communities and all other people of color educated on the dangers of diabetes; as well as the fears and discrimination that still exist for diabetics today.

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Richard A. Vaugn

For 2012 I thought it would be wonderful to start the year off with a positive interview!

My guest is Richard A Vaughn. He has written an awesome book called "Beating The Odds - 64 years of Diabetes Health". In this book, he takes us on a journey through his diabetic life.

From the moment he was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 6, all the way up through completing his masters degree, @ a time when people thought diabetics shouldn't go to college (because diabetes was considered a disability then).

Richard also talks about his wonderful family and grand children, in addition to participating in the Joslin Medalist Study, funded by the JDRF & National Institute of health..

Richard is definitely an inspiration to us all. He has showed us insulin dependent people, how to live healthy emotionally & physically by example, with either no, or the least amount of complications possible; coming from a time when life expectancy for a diabetic was no later than 40 years old.


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You can purchase Richard's book by clicking on the graphic of his book below.

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Last week, Katie invited Mrs. Ross, and myself as guest speakers to a mini conference, held at Hunter College School of Social Work, located here in NYC. The goal of the mini conference was to help enlighten future social workers, on the real life challenges that many people with disabilities face. Primarily, we talked about the various levels of discrimination, that exist for both people with diabetes and mental illness.

Because the purpose of the conference was to inform social workers, and since so much personal information was shared amongst us, we were all bound to a privacy disclosure. Therefore, out of respect to all those involved, I will not release my entire digital/audio recording of this event. I am still searching through what may be “publishable”.

I’ll be honest, at first I was kinda shocked, because personally, I never ever considered my diabetes to be a disability. However, during my participation, I’ve learned that the word disability can have numerous meanings in certain situations (including legal).

A perfect example of this is Medicaid. One participant explained that she was not approved for medicaid, despite the fact she proved she could not afford her diabetes supplies, they denied her. Another participant shared that, if she’d mentioned that she had type 1 diabetes at the time of her Medicaid hearing, she would have been approved on the spot! However, it also shows a perfect example of the kinds gross discrimination that people of type 2 face every single day, in addition to lack of diabetic awareness amongst the general society (other than what we see on TV).

I’ve also learned that the word disability is a very loaded word; because it’s not just the technical definition of the word, but also the collective and social definition of the word disability; by the images we see that determine what a disability “looks like”.

Meriam Dictionary – Disabled: incapacitated by illness or injury; also : physically or mentally impaired in a way that substantially limits activity especially in relation to employment or education.

Dictionary.com – Disability: 1,  lack of adequate power, strength, or physical or mental ability; incapacity. 2, a physical or mental handicap, especially one that prevents a person from living a full, normal life or from holding a gainful job. 3, anything that disables or puts one at a disadvantage: His mere six-foot height will be a disability in professional basketball.

Oxford Dictionary – Disability:  A physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities:children with severe physical disabilities.

For many of us with “disabilities”, the above definitions do not apply to all of us. Should these definitions be updated to include the growing and unique circumstances of diabetics & people with mental illness?

In my opinion, these definitions should include the kind of disability that cannot be seen. I’ve learned over the years that there are many “functional mentally ill” patients, as well as very healthy diabetics (without complications). Yet, the mixed messages, and half truths we get from the media concerning diabetes, has so many confused and misinformed. Currently there are 350+ million people with diabetes around the world, 10% of that figure are type 1 diabetics, that’s about 35 million type 1 diabetics (and growing) of ALL shapes, sizes, colors, ethnicity, and cultures around the world. Yet, type 1 people suffer greatly, because all the media focus is on type 2.

There are times when I personally believe that the very “perception” of a said disability, IS a disability on to itself. The idea that a person can feel it’s appropriate to pre-judge other people’s capability, and even qualification  based on what they “think” they know about said condition, is part of what’s crippling us as a society in my humble opinion. The worse part, is when some of these same persons try and take their “perceptions”, and convert them to self-made facts that are insubstantial.

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