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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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Posting another one of Phillip’s videos. He’s done a very good job showing us how he changes his infusion set, from beginning to end. The pump he has looks like it’s from Medtronics/Minimed. Although my first pump experience is with Animas, personally, I understand that many people use Medtronic products, but I can’t stand their infusion sets. I only know this because I got my hands on a couple of samples. I could not easily remove or insert the connector to the infusion (the device with the cannula); I am in no way suggesting that Medtronic is a bad company, their infusion sets are just not for me. To each his or her own. I’m not putting his video under type 1 yet, because I don’t remember hearing him confirm what type he is. You can never be sure how someone will react to questions like that, however, I’ll try to message him later and see if I get an answer.


UPDATE:
I’m happy to inform you guy’s that Phillip has responded to my email this morning. He is indeed type 1. I don’t think I need to tell you guys how thrilled I was only because (like I’ve always said), People of color are bombarded with all kinds of stereotypes, which can be overwhelming for many to deal with, therefore, many African Americans stay quiet (both type 1&2 actually). In his email, he said that he was first diagnosed as type 2 in 1995; then later on his pancreas pooped out (no longer producing insulin), and as of 2007 he became type 1. He said in the future, he thinks he will do a video on it; and I will definitely encourage him to do so. I am looking forward to seeing it. He has a lot of great videos and 99% of them are mostly philosophies about various things he has experienced in his life. I’ve watched a number of his videos, and I think that many of the things he’s talked about can be easily applied to diabetes. Check out his youtube channel.


I really do wish that all of these horrible stereotypes about diabetes did not exist. But trust me, they exist because too many hide. Don’t under ANY circumstance allow someone to make you feel ashamed because of your diabetes. There are literally thousands of people like Phillip, Ginger, Bill, myself, who are open with our diabetes so that you can learn; it is the only way we squash the misconceptions that continue to run RAMPED!

-Yogi

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