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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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OverDrive is a free software application that allows you to download and read purchased/or temporarily borrow copy protected digital content. It is compatible with many book formats, such as Kindle, EPUB, and even PDF formats. You also have the ability to download audio books (usually in WMA or mp3 format). OverDrive is available for PC, MAC, Kindle, iPod, Blackberry, Windows Mobile ®, and Android, just to name a few.

I chose to write about OverDrive this week because those of us who have been diabetic for a long time, know it did not take us very long to discover how financially challenging diabetes can be, and how our financial situations can impact the kinds of resources that are available to us. Well, in terms of continued diabetic learning, I think that OverDrive can be a solution to many of us po folk :-) .

Why OverDrive? Many city/state libraries all over the world use OverDrive technology, which means you can download and read any available digital book for absolutely free! It works exactly the same way as if you were physically borrowing a book. All you need is the same library card you use to borrow physical books, to borrow digital books online. Simply download the OverDrive app for your PC or phone, install app, then visit your state’s library’s website using PC or phone, log in using your library card, and start searching for books to check out, download and read.  Each city and state borrowing guidelines will be different. In NYC you can borrow online protected book content (audios and video may vary) for 7, 14, 21 days. After this period the book/audio will automatically expire. Because of licensing, libraries can only lend x amount of copies of digital books per user, per state. This means that if their are only 50 digital copies available (in your state) for a particular book your interested in, and if it’s not available at the time, you’ll be put on the waiting list until the next “borrower’s license” expires (just like physical books). The only difference is that you don’t have to physically return the book, it will automatically return itself, and no late fees.

I also wanted to draw your attention to the obvious lack of availability for “real” diabetic books in the library’s digital collection. No wonder so many know so very little about this devastating disease.  Diabetics, non-diabetics, doctors, and other health care professionals need to take an invested interest, in terms of pushing the publishers to give more current books on diabetes to the libraries!

Note that you don’t have to only search for diabetes, there are other health books that can benefit just about any diabetic. In this day-and-age, there really is no excuse for anyone anymore. Today we have books about diabetes in just about every single popular language we can think of, and that includes Spanish.


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