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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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What's in your headphones? We all know how important exercise is to any diabetic, however, the music you exercise to is also just as important too! Music can make the difference between a 3 minute workout, and a 30 minute workout. Personally, I am an oldies guy, and my musical tastes are pretty eclectic and diverse. The above playlist consist of music I am listening to on my Anddroid when I exercise or power-walk. As my mood changes, so shall the playlist.
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I just happen to catch this video by accident. Although, the guy in this video has directed his message towards the critiques of his music, it eerily mirrors almost exactly what I’ve been going through the last 3 years. Personally, I think that, just as there exist some that would NEVER go to school or do something positive with their lives, the same is true for a hater. I’m beginning to believe that hate is in some people’s DNA. It’s been proven that not every wild animal can be domesticated, so the best thing to do is just stay away from them. As Katt Williams said, the hater’s job is to hate, period. We have to except the fact that there exist in the world people that are incredibly wicked; and have no other desire in life, than to try and make someone they don’t know miserable, for no other real apparent reason, other than the fact that they are wicked. Unfortunately haters have a unwavering need for attention, and because more than likely, they do not posses any other life skills (and live in a bubble), the only way for them to receive that attention, is to try and disrupt another person’s personal space or energy. I think haters spend way too much time focusing on other people, instead of self.

I sooo dig what this guy is saying in his video, and I can easily apply this to my work in the diabetes community. Because, despite the measurable accomplishments I’ve achieved on my blog, there are people that still find the need to nitpick and find something wrong with my video, or spelling, or just choose to take something small, and make it a huge issue (rather than try an grasp my overall message). Yet, the same hater folk are not in the diabetic communities, they’re not reading medical books, reading researching material, they’re not subscribed to any diabetic specific magazines, in fact many are not reading at all. They’re not marching with us at the ADA’s “StepOut” to help cure diabetes (well, why should they? The excuse always is “I don’t have diabetes”), they are not involved in support groups and talking to others who live with the disease 24/7, they’re not involved in the diabetic online communities, they’re not spending time building personal relationships with diabetics. Yet, these same haters claim to know so much about me and my diabetes? Oh really? What have you REALLY done for the diabetic community, other than judge and critique some with a disease that you don’t personally have first hand experience with? Have you spent hours creating edit video? Have you spent years finding unknown diabetic web links and resources for people to take advantage? What’s is your “labor of love” that you have contributed to us? Or is it just you like the sound of your own voice echoing and bouncing across the walls?. Or are you still believing in those magic herbs that have no real scientific, and measurable evidence that it works for any aspect of diabetes (other than what the advertisement says)? Do still believe that Chango, Obatala, Ochun, Elegua, Yemaya, or African’s Saint Barbara, can cure my diabetes? Or maybe I still have diabetes because I did not douse myself with enough Orisha oils? Maybe if I had prayed to Santa Lucy hard enough, I would have never lost my sight in the first place?

Or maybe, it’s simply this… I have recognized the need to also take control of the “earthly” parts of my life? It’s unfortunate that some of our belief systems do not inspire good old fashion research; and that faith can sometimes override one’s will to take care of one’s physical self. It’s not easy, when you have to deal with many closed minds, most of us deal with them (if not most of our lives), however, knowledge has always been the key to anything in life. The worst bigotry, homophobia and xenophobia has stemmed from the lack of knowledge for each other (however, I’m sure it probably also denotes tilted scales within the bigot’s own psyche). It’s important not to live your life solely on beliefs, because belief are not always derived from accredited documented facts (and even then… Facts, or any other kind of knowledge source for that matter, by nature can never be stagnant). As the World infinitely spins and turns within it’s own axis, so does knowledge, we never stop learning. If you continue to stay stagnant and you choose not to evolve, you are no used to yourself, or anyone else.

Let’s not worry about the haters, because they’re energies will always vibrate at a much low level, and most likely will never increase a fraction of enlightenment for many years to come, if any. Let us continue to do what we gotta do and stay positive, cause no matte what anyone says to you, or about you, only you know you.

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