D-Blog Week 2013 – Day 3: Today we’re going to share our most memorable diabetes day. You can take this anywhere…. your or your loved one’s diagnosis, a bad low, a bad high, a big success, any day that you’d like to share.

There isn’t only one memorable diabetes day for me. This condition has given me enough memories to write a book. Starting by losing my father to its complications, to being diagnosed in a bizarre way, and then becoming an advocate. But since I’m being asked for one memory, I guess I will have to tell the story about how I became a co-host for the DSMA en Vivo show… or just the first day of the show.

After months of discussing the idea with Cherise, we finally were ready to launch. I had already been a guest on the DSMA Live show, which was really funny, and I still listen to the podcast sometimes just to make fun of my Spanish accent. But being a guest and being one of the hosts are completely different. As a guest you can goof off, you’re the sensation of the show and people want to listen to you. As a host there is so much more to think of, and let’s be honest… have you heard the first En Vivo show? I personally think it was a disaster of sorts.

First my speakers volume was all the way up, so I was getting this horrible feedback that I had no idea of what to do with. Then it was so improvised and my first time on the “radio” that it all felt like talking mostly to the wall. My Spanish is impeccable and I tried really hard to come up with something good to say since we didn’t have a guest, but when I listened to the podcast I felt so much shame with all the ummm’s and ahhh’s.

As the show has progressed, I think I’m getting better at it. I still notice a lot of my very Colombian accent and I’m trying to come up with a more neutral way to talk. But that’s another story. Right now I just feel proud of what I do with Kiki every other Tuesday, and we’re seeing the results. I love having an outlet for my advocacy efforts, and I feel like I’m a valued member of the DOC.


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