I was diagnosed 2 months ago. I went to the doctor because my legs wouldn’t allow me to run, and after I got my blood work done, the doctor told me I was diabetic and immediately I started eating better. They don’t know if I’m type 1 or 2 yet, but I’m on insulin and Metformin.
I was born in Guatemala, raised in London ON, and I now reside in Edmonton, AB with my wife Cleah. I’m a 4th year Education student at The University of Alberta where I’m initiating my campaign to get local restaurants in Edmonton to serve diabetic friendly food.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I got asked 4 weird questions by my 4 best friends.
First friend: Can you still play soccer?
Second friend: So no more green Monsters?
Third friend: So no more Coca Cola?
Fourth friend: Can we still eat Pho?
No, No, No, No, I’m okay though guys, thanks!
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
They thought I’d be down on myself and that I would get depressed, even though I’ve never suffered from depression. But it didn’t change my attitude or my sense of humor.
How do you inspire others?
I am on the verge of developing an App that will facilitate eating out for diabetics. My diabetes inspired me to start a small co. called No Added Sugar (nas). I started a website noaddedsugar.ca but is under construction right now. I created an Instagram account to raise awareness about restaurants that serve and should serve healthier dishes that are low in sugar and carbs. The app will allow people to log on and search for their favorite food or restaurant and the app will show people where to get a healthy version of their food and what restaurant. No more researching each restaurant anymore, just say what you are craving and my app will give you the restaurants that serve that meal.
I hope to inspire people with this, my friends were worried about us not being able to go to our favorite restaurants anymore, so I decided to initiate this in order to let people know that they can still have a normal social life.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes has educated me. I’ve learned more about nutrition and I have learned that healthy eating shouldn’t start happening once you have a disease, it should happen today.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I am currently unable to run, my legs only allow me to walk and stand, but I still hit the gym everyday. I do upper body and even though it hurts to work my legs, I still do squats, leg curls, leg extensions and calf raises. I’m pushing through the pain, the doctor told me that I might gain my strength back in 3 months, 6 months or even a year. Diabetes has made me stronger and has allowed me to put my self out there more. Hence starting my own company, which is something I never ever thought of doing.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
1 horse size duck, if I fought 100 regular sized ducks, they would come at me from different angles.
If its 1 at a time, I’d take the 100 regular sized ducks.