The DOC was first introduced to me via a podcast way back in 2005. Podcasting is a medium that is still pretty effective and one guy who does podcasting in his own unique way is Chris Snider.
Just Talking is the name of Chris' podcast and the format of it. The show is a free flowing discussion between Chris and a guest. Guests are usually from both the Diabetes and Gaming community but the discussion never stays on those topics. Chris has a way of turning what feels like chit chat into a revealing and entertaining interview. It is really wild when you first listen. You almost don't realize it's an interview, you feel like you are hanging out with friends listening to their conversation.
Chris not only podcasts but also writes. His blog is called A Consequence of Hypoglycemia and although it seems like it would only be about diabetes, it isn't. Chris has a way of writing that seems more revealing than it is. What I mean to say is there is a level of comfort to his words that make you feel like you are following him around and seeing what he wants you do see. Not in a TMI way but in a way like no other. A great writer can really transport the reader and Chris does that with each post.
Chris is a gamer and all around geek (his words). All those things, PWD, Gamer, Geek, are wrapped up in a passionate, funny, witty, and intelligent guy.
The more I write I realize we have a lot in common. Did I mention his cats and love for them? So much so that he has a Tumblr just to post their antics?
Recently Chris started another tumblr blog called My Diabetes Secret. It is a site with user submitted anonymous posts of secrets they want to share about diabetes. Reading through the posts I find myself identifying with many, wishing I could reach out to several, and brokenhearted for others. It's tough to talk about diabetes for some and especially when you are afraid of being judged. This is a safe place to do that and I am very thankful he set it up.
I don't think when Chris got involved in the DOC he had any idea his involvement in it and outside as an advocate would be as important as it is. He is an example of how much each of us can be a voice for those who do not have one. I am inspired daily by all he does and who he is.
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