Wed, 25 August 2010
Brandy Barnes, MSW, Founder and CEO of DiabetesSisters, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1990. Over the past two decades, she has worked in a variety of positions in the diabetes field, including research, education, advocacy, and sales. She established DiabetesSisters in 2008 based on her personal experience with the unique challenges faced by women with diabetes and the lack of resources available to address them. The mission of DiabetesSisters is to improve the health and quality of life of women with, and those at risk of developing diabetes; and to advocate on their behalf. The organization provides both online and in-person programming. In 2010, the organization held the first national conference for women with diabetes (called the Weekend for Women Conference) in Raleigh, NC in May. The Conference drew women from 21 different states ranging in age from 21-80 with all types of diabetes, including type 1, type 2, type 1.5, and gestational.
Fri, 20 August 2010
After earning a B.A. with honors from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.A. in government from Claremont Graduate University, David Mendosa went to work for the U.S. government. During a 15-year career with the U.S. foreign aid program, he served 11 years in Washington, D.C., and four years in Africa.
After retiring from government service, Mendosa became a journalist, initially specializing in small business. When he learned in February 1994 that he had type 2 diabetes, he changed his focus to diabetes. He started his website, mendosa.com, in February 1995 when there were only two other websites dealing with diabetes. As a full-time journalist, Mendosa writes about diabetes for a variety of publications, including regular contributions to HealthCentral.com.
On today's show, David Mendosa inspires us to find our passion, and combine it with activity that helps improve our control over diabetes. Among David's passions are photography and hiking.
Today, David shares with us some very intimate details of his total transformation, or as he calls it "Reinventing Himself". Recognizing that his weight (313 lbs.) was having negative impact on his health and quality of life, David took the necessary steps to truly Reinvent Himself. Listen and learn how David lost almost half of his body weight. He set a goal to weigh what he did when he left the military 50 years earlier. Not only did he reach his goal, but along the way, he discovered that he was happier than he had ever been in his life.