I Am The Guest On A Radio Show/ I Need Your Help

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2010-06-08 09:02:48 -0500
Started 2010-05-31 16:19:47 -0500

On Saturday, June 12, 10-11 AM, I will be the guest on a local radio talk show. The station is WKNY in Kingston, NY. The host, Jody McTeague, will interview me about diabetes and my book. She has read the book. There will be call-ins during the last portion of the show.

I want to help educate the listeners on diabetes. I want to say things that will enable the general public to better understand diabetes. There are many things I intend to work into the hour.

Put yourself into my shoes. What things would you want to mention/discuss? Give me some ideas. I appreciate your help. Thanks!

33 replies

Richard157 2010-06-06 11:16:21 -0500 Report

I am so sorry that I posted that the radio show would air on June 12. It actually aired on June 5 and it went very well. I have been thinking so much about June 12 brcause it is the day my wife and I are driving south to see our children, grandchildren and some relatives. It will be a 2 week trip. We are so anxious!!! We have not seen our family for more than a year. Atlanta is too far away for frequent visits and we have a hard time with airports now.

GabbyPA 2010-06-06 17:15:15 -0500 Report

Well that's a bummer! do they have it in an archive on the website?

Richard157 2010-06-06 18:33:12 -0500 Report

I am calling for that information tomorrow Gabby. I don't know at this time. You can look at my video in the meantime.

GabbyPA 2010-06-08 09:02:48 -0500 Report

I found it in the discussions. I watched it yesterday, so good to have a voice to go with the face. Great job Richard, you are so important to getting the news out to people.

sandysimp 2010-06-03 23:22:48 -0500 Report

I learned that eating non processed foods is a wonderful way to be a "BIG" help in lowering sugar levels. Being a caregiver of an older diabetic who was taught that she should stay away from sugar more so than carbs is not the biggest enemy, the carbs are along with sugar and high fruitose. Thanks

sandysimp 2010-06-03 23:19:16 -0500 Report

Help inform caregivers the importance of diabetics "cheating" just a little and the harm. Making sure the caregiver checks the sugar level and not rely on the person to tell them.

ccritch 2010-06-03 09:29:12 -0500 Report

Hi Richard

That is awesome! Good Luck, but one thing I would like to get across is that Diabetes is a disease that will never go away, family support is very important. As diabetes is a life changing disease we need support not financial but emotional support help us love ourselves and not hate ourselves and being depressed and playing the name game.


Richard157 2010-06-02 09:04:39 -0500 Report

Wow! What great suggestions, thanks! I am getting good suggestions on many sites. I think i am going to need several one hour shows to talk about all of these things, Lol!

sisiay 2010-06-02 01:41:01 -0500 Report

I think Gabby's point about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 is important. I would also talk about some of the main points in your book, that it is never too late to start practicing good control, and that many complications can he halted/reversed with improved blood sugars. I think that making sure people are aware that "sugar free" and "carb free" are far from the same thing is something that's often overlooked. And I think that having people hear you talk with genuine pleasure/happiness about your diet and how you eat, rather than having it come off as a chore/burden as low-carb is so often characterized, would be nice.

Your book has vastly improved both my A1c as well as my lipid profile (neither of which were "bad" by conventional standards), and I am very grateful that there is someone out there arguing that diabetics deserve great health, not just pretty good health. Knowing that you believe diabetics are entitled to the same blood sugars as non diabetics is wonderfully empowering and motivating.

Lakeland 2010-06-01 20:21:25 -0500 Report

For me, I was overwhelmed when I got the news, I was afraid to eat anything for a few days. Please tell the people they are not to panic.

Also I feared I'd have to give up everything, So much has artificial sweeteners and flavored waters, there really isn't anythng off limits and if their sugar gets a little high, a short walk can do wonders.

Please tell them to take it seriously, There are alot of side effects & since having diabetes, it's a lot easier to manage than I thought.

Personally, I think it's great to be able to say that I have a managable disease, sounds dumb right but I feel fortunate, the diabetes really hasn't stopped me from doing anything.

Enjoy your show

imsuzie2 2010-06-04 00:43:52 -0500 Report

Diane, I had the same reaction AFTER the initial shock and tears…I find living with ulcerative colitis is much harder and the illness I worry about more. Diabetes is my way of life, "no big deal" compared to effects of UC. I am lucky to be able to say I am in pretty good control based on my A1c (last one 6.0) and my daily readings. Healthier choices seem much easier than trying to avoid onions and peppers in my meals (when going out or buying something already prepared) which set off a flare-up.

GabbyPA 2010-06-01 09:09:18 -0500 Report

Richard, that is fantastic!
Here are some things I could want to share:

1.) Difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes
2.) Misconceptions of diabetes
3.) How to recognize a low in a diabetic and how it differs from being drunk. LOL
4.) Complications that can come from lack of control
5.) Healthy lifestyle changes we make in diet and exercise
6.) Encourage people to have lab work done annually if it runs in the family

I am sure there are many more things, but those are some things I would want people to be aware of.

Does the radio station have a live stream on the web? We would love to tune in and listen to the show. You will do great! You are a wonderful representation of how we can live long, healthy and happy lives with diabetes.

petals 2010-05-31 19:51:37 -0500 Report

Hi Richard, Congratulations! I am with Emma , what is the name of your book? I think the issue of how much it costs to be a diabetic should be addressed. Like the cost of the meter strips, meds. doctors and foods as well. Some insurance will not pay for the supplies that we need. Mine will pay for my meds. but not for the strips. Hope that this helps.

Emma2412 2010-05-31 19:45:59 -0500 Report

Hi, Richard
That's great! Congratulations. What's the name of your book, by the way?
Like Suzie, people should be told that diabetes is not the fault of the diabetic. That's the worst thing I went through when I was diagnosed. Plus, I made the mistake of telling people at work, and people would actually flatten themselves against the wall as I walked past them! Did they think they were going to "catch it"?
But, secondly, as Suzie says, support and understanding is everything.
Next, I would mention some of the problems that diabetics have. For instance, they're doing everything they were told to do by the doctors, taking their meds, exercising, but still their reading is still high. Someone who doesn't know anything about the disease might say something like, well, what did you eat to make it go high? It's a very annoying thing for the diabetic to listen to.
I would also mention that people seem to believe that someone who develops diabetes must eat tons of sugar, which we all know is not the case.
If I think of anything else, I'll let you know, Richard.

Richard157 2010-06-01 09:56:28 -0500 Report

Emma. Here is my amazon page describing my book. There are some reviews and a lot of information if you scroll through the entire page.


petals 2010-06-02 12:56:19 -0500 Report

Richard, I just ordered your book and I am looking forward to reading it.

GabbyPA 2010-06-02 18:45:41 -0500 Report

Cool, how do you track that? As if our lives are not just on big tracking program? LOL
I have no idea how many of the books that I was in were sold, but I was not a sole author, so I guess that is why.

petals 2010-06-04 13:41:12 -0500 Report

Richard, I just got your book and I am ready to get started on it!! I don't have t1, I have t2, but I am sure that your book will help me as well. Thanks.

Emma2412 2010-06-02 17:40:32 -0500 Report

Oh, thanks, Richard. I'm going to try to save my pennies so I can buy it. Money is in short supply these days for me. I just looked at the site. Your history is fascinating. 64 years and no complications. Wonderful!

imsuzie2 2010-05-31 17:32:38 -0500 Report

That is great, Richard…congrats on the radio show!

I'm trying to remember back to when I was diagnosed, and after the tears, I first had to get over the feeling that it was my fault that I became diabetic. I think letting people know it is not their fault is very important. Knowing there are sites like this is important for support. Having a diabetes education class in the beginning helps to eliminate a lot of the fear. Being able to discuss the illness with friends and family, having them go to class with you, and help in the shopping and cooking helps too. Knowing that some people, in their ignorance will try to "control" what they eat (diabetes police), and needs to be taken in stride (a learning experience for all) and that sometimes, family and friends might be in denial (or, just a little bite won't hurt, I bought those cookies for me, etc) will happen. The diabetic needs to educate themselves and learn that is up to them and in the long run will help them gain confidence. And, if their doctor is of no help, it is ok to change doctors!

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Sonya Slim 2010-06-06 07:53:31 -0500 Report

The most important message i would want to get accross is the support needed from others. Encouragement! Lack of carbs can also cause depression

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