Australia’s JDRF JUMP to Cure Diabetes?!!

CLICK to Donate!I write this blog in support of my favorite little type 1 superhero Tristan, who lives on the other side of the world in Melbourne, Australia.  Tristan is now 5 years old, and he got type 1 diabetes at the age of 2, just like I did 43 years ago.  I met his mom in a Facebook group over a year ago.  Tristan has struggled through some scary hospital visits in that time, and his mom stays strong to be there for her son, like so many parents do.  She does SO VERY MUCH in fundraising for type 1 diabetes research.  She never stops.  She’s like Joan of Arc in the battle to find a cure for juvenille diabetes.  Now her daughter Annaliesse is joining in the fundraising efforts in a unique way.  It’s the Australia JDRF JUMP to Cure Diabetes.  Annaliesse will be jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, with a tandem instructor, to support her little brother Tristan.

The reason this family is so special to me, is that once, when Suzette showed Tristan my picture and told him that I was type 1 diabetic like him, and that I got diabetes when I was 2, just like he did, Tristan told his mom that he wants to grow up to be strong like me.  I still get a lump in my throat as I tell this story.  Whenever I’m having a bad day with my diabetes, I remember this, and I stay strong, for kids like Tristan.  For parents like Suzette.  For brothers and sisters like Annaliesse.

Won’t you join me in supporting my friends in Melbourne?  (Yes, we can donate here in the US, to the Australia JDRF.)  In the comment of your donation, let them know you’re a friend of Rich the Diabetic.  CLICK HERE TO DONATE and then click the orange ‘Donate to Participant” button on the right side of the page.

Kia Kaha Tristan, Suzette, and Annaliesse!!!

No Excuses!

no-excusesDo you have a gym membership?  Did you start a new years resolution to get fit and lose weight?  Have you been going to the gym every day like you know you should?  Do you know what kind of exercises work best?  Do you know how much cardio and how much weight training you need?  Do you have a personal trainer that guarantees results?

Right now there’s a winter storm warning for my area.  Nearly every day this winter there’s been some sort of weather advisory here in Iowa.  I don’t know about you, but when there’s -40 wind chills and a blizzard outside, I don’t want to leave my house.  Most people aren’t getting their workouts in, but I am.  That’s because I do Beachbody workouts at home.

I used to be a gym guy.  I loved working out at the gym, but those workouts took over an hour, with eliptical time plus weight training, plus changing clothes, plus shower time.  It was at least an hour and a half every workout.  PLUS, if I was out of town on business, or the weather prevented me from getting to the gym, or the gym was closed, or I just wasn’t in the mood to work around all the pretty boys trying to pick up women at the gym, I didn’t get the workout in.  With Beachbody programs, I take 5 steps into my spare room, and I do my 30 minute workout.  Even when there’s a blizzard outside.  Even when it’s 1AM.  Even when I’m traveling out of town. Plus, no one gets in my way, and I don’t have to wait for machines.  With Beachbody workouts, there are no excuses.  It’s quick, it’s fun because the trainers crack you up, you workout in the privacy of your own home, and you get a personal trainer telling you exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to do it, with guaranteed results.  Plus they offer great nutritional info and products, and a proven support arm called Team Beachbody.  This formula simply produces results.  It just does.

How many years have you been paying that gym membership without seeing results?  Stop throwing your money away.  Beachbody’s track record stands on it’s own.  You’ve seen the commercials, you’ve seen the before and after pictures.  I know you’d like to get the results you see on TV.  You can.  All you have to do is DECIDE, and then take action and buy your workout.  Buy it from me, and I become your FREE COACH.  What are your goals?  I am a type 1 diabetic Team Beachbody Coach, and I will help you get the results you desire .  I will provide accountability for you, I will connect you with support teams, I will get you to that picture you see of yourself when you close your eyes.  So what are you waiting for?  No excuses!  Get your Beachbody workout program today!



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Medikidz – Type 1 Diabetes Comic App

Ashleigh - Type 1 DiabeticThe Medikidz are five larger-than-life superheroes that help type 1 diabetic children understand their disease, in a way they can relate to, in a comic strip app for android phones.  Medikidz superheros have been in traditional comic form for quite a while, but just a few days ago, the Medikidz application was released on the Google Play Store for android devices.  The story is of a young type 1 diabetic girl named Ashleigh who is helped by the 5 Medikidz superheros, as they take her through a world that resembles the human body, explaining diabetes step by step, in simple to understand terms.

SkinderellaI discovered Medikidz last June at the American Diabetes Association 73rd Annual Scientific Sessions.  From across the exhibit hall, I saw some people standing around that looked like cosplayers.  This of course caught my attention, and so I walked closer, and quickly realized they were some sort of diabetic superheros.  I walked up and started talking to them, realized what and who they were, they handed me a free copy of their diabetes Medikidz comic, and I got my picture taken with them.  Just like most middle aged adults, I grew up on Marvel and DC comics.  I still have a few left, and now I have Medikidz to add to those.  So the printed comic is a great thing, but kids don’t read comics anymore.  They don’t even read books anymore!  Heck, I have a cousin who had to buy her daughter an iPad for school instead of books!!!  Kids of today have their noses stuck in smartphones, tablets, kindles, etc.  They’re reading, but their reading digital copy, not printed copy.  That’s why this app is so amazing.  It’s in the media form the kids will actually read, it’s interactive, and it has a kickin’ soundtrack complete with sound effects.  When have you ever read a comic that had a soundtrack and sound effects?  (Yes, I’m still a kid, and I’m excited about this app for ME too.)  Now here’s the best part.  The printed comic costs $14.99, . . . . . the app is FREE!

medikidz-qr-codeIf you have a type 1 diabetic child, or if you have a child who doesn’t understand your diabetes, I highly suggest you download this free app from the Google Play Store.  If you’re a pediatrician or an endocrinologist, you can print this QR code and post it on the wall in your office for people to download the Medikidz app.  For printed copies of the comic, you can go to the Medikidz website to order them, but first check the special offers for the best possible discount.  Now I’d like to share a video I made to give you a sneak peek of the app.  I hope you enjoy.


T1 Diabetes Video Game @GameEqualsLife

The Magi and the Sleeping StarThe Magi and the Sleeping Star is a Kickstarter for a T1 diabetes video game, that’s designed to help kids understand how to manage their blood sugar.  The game play is genius.  Ya know how in a normal video game when you start losing life points, how you have to run over some sort of health blip, or food item, in the game?  Well in this game, you actually have to pause the game, go check your blood sugar (in game), and decide whether you need insulin, or food.  Your life points are based on your blood sugar being in range. That is so awesome!  Wait, it gets even cooler!  You can use YOUR CHILDS insulin sensitivity and carb ratio from their own pump, so it’s like your child is really in the game!  Wait, it gets even better!!!  Their powers are more powerful when their blood sugar is 90-110, but they’ll work ok when they’re a little above or below.  Get to much above or below, and their powers fail.  Is that not wicked cool? I hope this guy gets the funding he needs, because I might just go buy a game system so this 45 year old kid can play this diabetes video game.

The guy who’s trying to create this awesome video game is Adam Grantham, and he’s been type 1 diabetic for nearly 20 years.  He’s a professional game designer with a background in animation and post-production. Most recently he’s designed for Square-Enix, Sony Santa Monica, and The Workshop Entertainment, helping to ship Sorcery in 2012 and God of War: Ascension in 2013. He’s already got the prototype created and has some walkthrough videos and a lot of game art available to see.

Below is a walk through video he has on Vimeo.  You should give it a look!


The Magi and The Sleeping Star – Prototype Demo from Game Equals Life on Vimeo.

You can find The Magi and the Sleeping Star at the following links:

New Year with Diabetes : Striving for ___ in 2013!

DSMA-logo-2012-LGThis is my first ever entry into the DSMA blog carnival.  Ok, so lets get this done.  In 2013, I’m striving for an A1C of 7.0 or below.  In all my life as a type 1 diabetic, I never really even understood what that A1C score was for.  Never paid attention to it.  I only got it checked every few years or so, by doctors that had no clue about how to treat type 1 diabetes.  I never really lived my life like a diabetic.  Didn’t even know what an endocrinologist was, until my cardiac arrest in the summer of 2003.  I didn’t even start to understand my diabetes until after my cardiac arrest, and it wasn’t my doctors that got me interested in understanding it, it was bodybuilders!  When I went through cardiac rehab, that got me hooked on exercising, so I found a trainer . . . . . that just happened to be a competitive bodybuilder.  TrainerThat’s him off the right.  That was in late 2003.  I surrounded myself in that lifestyle, although I wasn’t a bodybuilder.  It was those bodybuilders who began to teach me about insulin.  Bodybuilders understand insulin better than most diabetics, and even better than most endocrinologists.  I began to understand metabolism, exercise, nutrition, etc.  2011 rolled around, and I started a home business as a Team Beachbody coach, which made me become even more interested in improving my diabetes.  Then, in early 2012, I discovered the 2 things that have been instrumental in improving my diabetes.  The paleo lifestyle, and the diabetes online community (#doc).  Slowly over the last year, I’ve become even more of a nutrition nazi, and biochemistry hobbyist.  Reading book after book, learning more and more about insulin, metabolism, biochemistry, and more.  I’ve read more books this year than any other year of my life!  All of them on nutrition.  (I’m going to start a book review series on this blog as a matter of fact!)  Although I’m an online diabetes advocate now, that doesn’t mean I’m a perfect diabetic.  It does make me want to improve my A1C to a respectable level if I’m going to be an advocate though.  I struggle just like everybody else.  My A1C did drop by 2.5 points in 6 months last year, which I was really excited about.  Still a little way to go to reach 7.0, but I’ll make it.  I have a lot of people that have thanked me for what I do in the online community, but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you.  Were it not for all of you, I wouldn’t be improving nearly as well as I have over the last year.  In helping you, I’m helping myself.  thanks Diabetes Online Community (DOC)!!!


********** Now ya know, and knowing is half the battle.  Go Joe!!! **********

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