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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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I’ve watched this video a couple of times, and to be quite honest, I still don’t know how to process this video in my head (I have no idea what to make of it). Personally, if I had a child, or even small nephews and nieces, I would never treat them in this manor, no matter how high his or her blood sugar was. However, I could imagine how terrified his father must have been. I don’t remember any one of them actually saying what the son’s blood sugar was, but it must have been REALLY high for his father to go off like that.

I’ve also realized that in many ways this is somewhat reminiscent of the many conversations I’ve had, with a number of non-diabetic friends, acquaintances, and nosy busybody strangers. I am sorry to say that although I don’t know this young boy personally, I can relate to at least 5 out of 10 emotions he most have felt as he was being chastised by his father on camera. I need non-diabetics to watch this video, so you can think twice about how you talk about diabetes, to your diabetic friend or loved one.

Despite what many people believe, I’m gonna tell you first hand that there is absolutely NO such thing as a perfect diabetic (just as there is no perfect human being). Diabetes is unpredictable, there is no question that it must be monitored with a close eyes everyday. However, it is important that I stress to my readers, when you talk to a friend or loved one that has diabetes, please keep in mind that you are NOT talking to their diabetes, you are actually talking to the person that happens to have diabetes. We are humans first, diabetes second.

To my understanding, this was an old video before he started his “diabetes project”. Judging from the father’s reaction to his son in this video, it looks like he wasn’t too long after his son was diagnosed. I was left feeling like the father posted this video as an ultimate and final punishment. And the woman in the video was supposed to be his therapist too! He must be home schooled? I not sure. What do you make of this video?

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