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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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A couple of days ago, I happen to see the front page of my local newspaper, a picture of our NYC’s (legally blind) Governor David Paterson signing vetoes. I couldn’t help but share this picture with my visitors, because it gave me powerful flashbacks (just before my surgery). A reminder as to where I was, (visually speaking), and where I am now.  Like him, or hate him; indirectly, he is my role model in terms of not allowing his disability stop him from accomplishing his goals.  Granted, although both our situations are different, I’ve got a tiny glimpse of what my life may have been like, if I were permanently blind. It’s scary to think that there exist several other more serious and irreversible diabetic eye complications I could have had. Yet those cataracts has caused absolute chaos in my life. I could only stop and think, as to what Governor Paterson may have become, if he’d allowed his disability to be a hindrance, or the kind of health care he would have received if he were not Governor, or even the kinds of discrimination that disabled people often face.Were would I have been, if I did not grab the bull by the balls and get my job?? You’ll never know what you can accomplish, unless your pushed against a brick wall!!

I don’t think the average person understands, the level of emotional strength that is required, once you discover your going blind. Just trying to accomplish basic daily tasks was at times unbearable. I was barely mobile, and the insurance in/out of network crap did not make things any easier for me. I knew that if I did not act fast (before I’ve gone totally blind), my chances of finding someone to be my second eyes were slim.

At the end of the day, and all is said and done; experience has taught me that, you must keep yourself as healthy as you possibly can. So many hospitals are absolutely horrendous, often disorganized, unequipped, understaffed, and uncaring. Unfortunately, as health care cost rise, I predict this will get exponentially worse. This is were building a strong family & friends support group is important.

The time is now to take care of your diabetes!! If you  have a known family history of diabetes, get tested right away. Demand that your doctor give you an Hemoglobin A1C test. Take charge of your diabetes.

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