It’s April Fools’ Day (also known as All Fools’ Day) and, while I’m not planning on playing tricks on anyone, I do want to introduce you to two people who are certain to bring a smile to your face – Kelly Kunik and Patrick O’Hara. Both Kelly and Patrick live with type 1 diabetes and work to bring laughter to others.
As a Diabetes Advocate, Speaker, Humorist, Consultant and Siren, Kelly makes it a point to laugh every day and shares her humor with others through her Diabetesaliciousness™ blog.
Q: Why is humor a focus for you?
Kelly: I believe that if you can laugh or find the humor in a situation or circumstance, you can own that situation or circumstance – including diabetes . . . especially diabetes.
And why not look at the funny side of diabetes? Have you ever seen someone’s insulin pump tubing get tangled in a doorknob? To me, that’s funny stuff. It’s painful and annoying, but it’s funny. If I could capture that on film I have no doubt I’d win the $10,000 prize on America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Q: What does Diabetesaliciousness mean to you?
Kelly: It stems from “diabetesalicious,” a term I made up to refer to something that was awesome when it came to my diabetes. For instance, if the number “123” appeared on my meter, I’d say my blood sugar was “diabetesalicious.”
It became a running joke between my friends and I, and turned into a goal for me when it came to living my life with diabetes. Then when I started my blog I added the “ness” as a typo and it stuck. So basically, “diabetesaliciousness” means “diabetesalicious” . . . and then some.
Patrick is a comedian who blogs at The Bad Diabetic, a name he came up with for himself because for many years he says he didn’t take good care of himself when it came to diabetes and he thought others could relate.
Q: Do you incorporate diabetes into your comedy shows?
Patrick: Yes, I like to tell a joke about when my family was learning about diabetes care. My father is afraid of needles and he told me that if I need insulin in an emergency I’d better hope my mom is around. Luckily for me, that hasn’t happened.
Q: What’s one of your favorite diabetes-related jokes?
Patrick: I don’t have a favorite diabetes joke, per se, but my girlfriend likes to joke that she has diabetes and her blood glucose is low which is why she eats candy and sweets. I think she really believes that diabetes is one big cake party.
It’s apparent to me why Kelly and Patrick do what they do – they’re both hilarious! Thanks to both of them for taking the time to make us laugh.
Disclosure: Kelly Kunik and Patrick O’Hara received no compensation for this post. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewees, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.
Diabetesaliciousness is a trademark of Kelly Kunik.