Chris Snider, founder of the blog A Consequence of Hypoglycemia at ToBeSugarFree.com, lives with type 1 diabetes. He is also the creator of the Just Talking Podcast. Snider works at the American Diabetes Association, and defines himself as a Hokie alum and occasional gamer. He says his diabetes-specific efforts wax and wane like phases of the moon, but he does his best to keep up with the latest developments within the Diabetes Online Community and the diabetes world at large.
What is your state of mind about diabetes today?
Personally, I’m in a good spot. My last A1C was on target! Professionally, I’m mentally preparing for the rush of working as part of the staff for the upcoming Scientific Sessions. There’s a lot of walking and smiling required.
What three words would you use to describe who you are?
Funny. Genuine. Fair.
How does diabetes change – or not change – who you are?
I exercise (somewhat) regularly and try to eat healthier. Based on my lifestyle before I was diagnosed, I know I would have stayed on a less healthy course as long as possible! Other than that, I’d like to think I’d be the same kind of person, even if my pancreas was operating at 100 percent.
What inspires you to do what you do?
Right now my biggest creative endeavor revolves around my podcast, Just Talking. I’m constantly in pursuit of new conversations because it’s fun and because there are so many stories worth telling. I might not have the biggest platform, but I enjoy finding new people to talk to each week.
What do you appreciate most in your friends?
Patience. I’m not the most outgoing person in the world, so it takes a good amount of patience to deal with my shenanigans.
What would you pack for your favorite vacation?
Sunglasses and my DSLR camera. (Insulin is a given, right?)
What’s in your refrigerator right now?
I like pork chops with broccoli and brown rice, so those first two items are definitely in there. The fridge is usually stocked with a few different vegetables at the beginning of the week and they slowly dwindle as I remember to eat them each day.
Is there anything you do too much of?
I take too many pictures of my cats and the birds on my bird feeder!
What is your favorite way to relieve stress?
You’d be surprised at the soothing powers of a purring kitten.
What is your idea of happiness?
Not worrying about the past, present, or future. Just being.
What do you most dislike?
People who ask to be retweeted. If your content is worth sharing, it will find a way to reach the masses.
What words do you try to live by?
“The measure of a man lies not in what he says but what he does.” – All-Star Superman comic book writer Grant Morrison.
What is your greatest fear?
Diet Pepsi1 will win the great soda war.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Extravagance? I own every one of Michael Bay’s Transformers movies. That’s pretty excessive…
On what occasion do you lie?
When the truth isn’t ready to be heard.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
Nothing. My family is awesome.
Who are your heroes in real life?
There are so many people in the diabetes community that I’d put on a Mount Rushmore of sorts, exemplifying what it means to be a diabetes advocate, but it’s impossible to name them all here. Kerri Sparling, Scott Johnson, Bob Pedersen, and Kim Vlasnik, among others. When I think about what it means to be an advocate and embody the best of what the Diabetes Online Community has to offer, these are my first nominees.
What would you choose for your last meal?
Spaghetti with meat sauce. Only if I’m allowed to make it.
What are you looking forward to right now?
Somehow, I was awarded an ePatient Scholarship to attend the Medicine X Conference at Stanford last year. While I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into at the time, it was an unforgettable experience. I was lucky enough to be selected to return to Stanford for this year’s Medicine X, and now that I have a better idea of what to expect, I’m eagerly anticipating the conversations I’ll be having in Palo Alto.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about diabetes in history?
While history tends to repeat itself, diabetes does not. No two days are ever alike.
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© 2013 The DX: The Diabetes Experience