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I recently skyped with Bill Woods from 1HappyDiabetic.com. Bill makes some AMAZING videos on youtube. I would highly recommend every diabetic check out his YouTube channel here. Having diabetes for over 20 years, Bill is an expert on the subject, and most importantly, he keeps a very positive attitude about it all. Here is my interview with Bill---
El Andariego: Hello Bill! Thank you for speaking with me. I'm a big fan of your youtube videos. When I first came down with Diabetes 4 years ago, your videos helped me a lot!
Bill: Thank you so much. Reaching out to help people with diabetes is a personal passion and mission of mine. I am so happy you found me! I think the video content that www.1HappyDiabetic.com puts out is unique like you said. It gives diabetes a personal and real life touch. Thousands of people with diabetes and their families all over the world watch my videos and laugh, smile, and learn something about diabetes. I don't think you can find that anywhere else. It really makes me "Happy" to do these videos for people just like you. What do you like about the videos?
El Andariego: You put out a lot of great information, and you do it with a really great attitude. You are a great role model for diabetics! There aren't many people out there doing what you are doing on YouTube. If you search 'diabetes' on Youtube you mostly get hilarious, but not helpful, Wilford Brimley videos!
Bill: Yeah! I know.
El Andariego: Can you give the readers here, who might not have seen your website an overview of 1happydiabetic.com and your YouTube Channel?
Bill: www.1Happydiabetic.com is a place to go to find a friend with diabetes. We are a positive thinking website realted to diabetes that focuses around video, blog, picture, and forum content. You can become a memeber and add content as you wish, ask questions, request a video for me to do, and many other things. We also have a forum page called "I had an ugly day." We know that diabetes control is not easy and this give members a chance to let off some steam about a bad they had. It's so great to see the responses from our members giving support and lifting up friend.
El Andariego: How long have you had diabetes for? I'm a late bloomer for a Type 1, at age 26. What was it like growing up and in high school? I understand you did College Sports?
Bill: I was diagnosed in 1988, 3rd Grade, on December 11th. I was just a little kid, very active in sports and lost 25 pounds on an already skinny frame. I didn't let diabetes stop me though. I was a successful three sport athlete in High School and played Football in College. Having diabetes since 1988 has tought me so many things not only about diabetes, but about life. I am honored to share my knowledge about my diabetes journey in hopes to educate and a put a smile in their face.
El Andariego: Thats great! I feel similarly about diabetetes. It has really inspired me to take control of my nutrition, fitness and health. I try not to let diabetes get in the way of doing what I love, traveling.
Bill: Thats really great that you have turned Diabetes into something positive for you as well!
El Andariego: Now I understand you have some program where you are sending out Flip phones to your members can you talk about this?
Bill: Yes! We have this AWESOME program called "Pay It Forward" coming to the www.1happydiabetic.com site on November 14th. We are so excited for this amazing program where we are giving free Mino HD Flip Cameras to our members to use and post videos about their diabetes on www.1happydiabetic.com and www.wellthen.org. So you can Join our site, or if you are already a member fill out a form on the site and someone will send you the Mino HD Flip Camera to use. The only cost to our members is to pay for shipping to the next person in line for the camera. Hence, "Pay It Forward." We have several cameras to send out, and we plan to put together a video collaboration at the end of the program, following the journey of these cameras and the people they touched.
El Andariego: Great! Very cool. I'm looking forward to participating in your "Pay it Forward" program. Thanks Bill, was really great to talk to you. I look forward to seeing more of your videos and more on your blog.
Bill: Thank you! I love what you are doing on your site and with your personal diabetes care. Your blog is such a joy to read a look at. Your pictures included on your blog are out of this world. I feel like I am sitting right next to you on your travels. Keep up the good work, and as you know- It's all about your attitude!
El Andariego: Thanks, Bill. Take care.