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.
You can purchase Richard's book by clicking on the graphic of his book below.
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- Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) February 21, 2017
- Dealing With Diabetes Distress February 16, 2017
- 11 Diabetes Diet Tips for the Holidays February 13, 2017
- Air Pollution May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes February 13, 2017
- Type 1 Diabetes Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ February 8, 2017
- Sickle Cell Trait in Blacks Can Skew Diabetes Test Results February 8, 2017
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Well, there I was….. At age 38 I was confronted with my 1st major complication… Cataracts.
This I must say, was an extremely difficult experience for me. Cataracts are in essence, the clouding of the eyes & also vision. There are a number of stages to cataracts. What made my case even more challenging, is that not only was its growth rapid, I was born very myopic (near sighted). Interestingly, about 5-6 months earlier, I just seen an eye doctor, and saw no major problems. So of course naturally, I figured it was just my sugar, and its my sugar gets back on level, my vision will return. Boy was I wrong. The hard part was, I did not know what the cataracts was supposed to look like at first.
After being jerked around by hospitals & my insurance company, my vision has gone so badly, that I could no longer see cars, as I crossed that street. During this time, I was even once robbed, but of course, I could not see my assailants. My way of getting from home to the doctor, has been pure luck, memory, shapes, and colors. And eventually I also became color blind, due to the severity of the cataracts. My eyes used to burn a lot, because the eye strains to focus. I had no choice but to keep my eyes closed most of the time. as I listened to TV or radio.
At the time, I felt so alone, not being able to read, use my computer, dial numbers, so many things we take for granted. There was no one in my immediate surroundings that I could talk to about my experience, nor could they relate.
Almost a year later, 4 doctors, and a formal complaint against my insurance company, I finally got the surgery I needed to remove my cataracts. Now my vision is the best I’ve seen, in my entire life. I just thank God* that I did not have to go through this, in my 80’s. How terrible it must be for people that age, with no one to help them.
So keep the faith, and never settle, cause the insurance companies are still a business, they don’t care about us, all they care about is, what they are not gonna pay for. The hospitals don’t care about you, all they care about is, that your insurance pays.
I would like to thank Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LD/N & the members of dearjanis.com, for all their support during my difficult times with this disease. Through your message boards, I’ve acquired so much valuable information.
Here are is a photo I found that looks closest to what my vision looked like before the surgery. This is an example how my vision was just before I’ve gone color blind. This is what can happen if your cataracts are not treated as soon as possible.
Another example of what my vision was like before my surgery. Keep in mind that about a 2months before the operation, this got much worse. God was watching over me. I could have gotten hit by cars a many of times.
After the removal of the cataract, here is a photo of what the implant looks like. This type of lens is permanent.
For more details, please watch episode 10 (3 parts) on my youtube channel.