What in the Diabetes World?!

What in the Diabetes World?!

Hey everyone! So the past two weeks has been an eventful and crazy one. I have taken a new job and am now the Managing Editor at Extra Newspaper. It's been tiring but exciting. Look for the boxes on your local street corners. Hopefully, there are papers in there! They get filled every Friday.

I have a lot to talk about. Last week, I was interviewed about diabetes for PocoAPoco radio. In a bilingual discussion, I explain my history with diabetes, talk about my active take on the disease and also what can be done for people to learn just a little more about this epidemic that is taking over our world. I'll be posting the link to listen to the podcast when it goes up next week. It aired last Sunday. Don't worry, I even missed it.

Take into consideration that the woman who was interviewing me, Maya Escobar, wasn't even in the room. She had prerecorded her questions and Gonzalo, her father, and I were sharing a mic throughout the whole thing! Not to mention that we paused every time a train would pass because of the sound. It was definitely fun and I'm glad that it came out all right! At least, they said it came out really well. :D

In addition to the radio interview, I had the opportunity to sit down with program director at the American Diabetes Association, Martin Nava at where else but Cafe Jumping Bean. After work on Friday, I drove over to find out more about what I could have to do with the Latino initiative. If anything, I'd like to know that other people are trying to figure out how to handle the diabetes problem among the Latino community. Coming out of that, I was exctied to get moving. I'll let you in on that a little more as time goes on and I figure out how to work this all out.

During my conversation, we discussed everything for myths about insulin to the reasoning behind why people don't want to look after themselves. What aspect of the fact that "YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF" don't these people understand? Let's just say, we're getting creative on how to do that. By the way, did you know that people believe that if they start taking insulin, they'll go blind? The myths among the Latino community are vast and sometimes ridiculous. I had a woman tell me on the bus one day not to take too much insulin because I might become dependent. Uh... I hope so.

Anyway, that's my update for now. I'll be on soon!

 

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    As a person with Type 1 diabetes for the last 20 years of her life, Christina or "Kiki" for short, decided to take it upon herself to write about her findings, experiences and struggles with her disease. Her inspiration to educate people about all types of diabetes can be found communicated in this blog.

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