We are far away from New Year’s resolutions and it’s feeling a little wintry and dreary around here. Good time to get some motivation and check in with Chris Ruden. Many of you know likely know Chris – who lives with type 1 – from his appearance on the Titan games, his bodybuilding videos or maybe it’s the videos where he shows his prosthetic hand.

Chris has a lot to say about where all of that has brought him and what’s different for him now. He also uses the implantable Eversense CGM – always a lot of questions about that, so I asked him all about it.

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Episode summary:

Overcoming labels and finding identity beyond disability.
Chris Ruden shares his journey of overcoming adversity, including living with type one diabetes and bodybuilding, while also revealing his hidden disability of having a prosthetic hand.
Ruden discusses how he has felt limited by people only knowing him for his hardships, despite his diverse range of experiences and accomplishments.
Speaker Chris reflects on his journey with disability and how he’s learned to embrace his identity beyond his physical limitations.
Chris shares how he’s shifted his focus from his disability to his thoughts and feelings, and how he wants to be known for more than just his prosthetic arm.
Diabetes as a part of identity, not defining it.
Stacey Simms shares anecdotal experience of children with type 1 diabetes resisting being defined solely by their condition in middle school.
Chris speaks about how people attach their identities to different aspects of their lives and turn those stories into facts, but feelings are not facts.
Chris speaks about recognizing one’s value beyond diabetes, and how it can create more community in and outside of the diabetes world.
Diabetes management, technology, and lifestyle changes.
Stacey Simms interviews Chris about their diabetes management journey, including past experiences with various pumps, CGMs, and meters, and how they’ve improved their management by focusing on themselves.
Chris focuses on subtraction, not addition, to manage diabetes, with accuracy and flexibility from a long-term CGM implant.
Diabetes management and self-awareness.
Chris discovers personalized insulin management techniques, including micro-bolusing and intentional dosing, to improve blood sugar control.
Chris emphasizes honesty and self-awareness in personal growth and management style.
Diabetes management with a new implantable sensor.
Chris discusses the insertion of an implant for diabetes management, emphasizing its simplicity and minimal invasiveness.
Chris addresses concerns about the surgery, highlighting the quick insertion and removal time, lack of stitches, and the small incision size.
Chris experiences reliable and long-lasting sensor performance with minimal skin irritation
Public speaking, diabetes technology, and managing feelings of inadequacy.
Chris emphasizes the importance of choice in diabetes management, citing small freedoms like wearing clear or colorful clothing as making a big difference in their minute-by-minute condition.
Chris and Stacey Simms reminisce about color forms, a childhood sticker that could be placed and repositioned, and discuss how this concept could be applied to diabetes technology.
Stacey Simms seeks public speaking advice from Chris, who helps people overcome their fear of public speaking by identifying the root cause: the fear of looking dumb to others.
Chris suggests managing this internalized feeling of being “dumb” can make public speaking more accessible and less intimidating.
Chris emphasizes the importance of practicing public speaking and being willing to share knowledge to improve.
He is working on a new book about change, reframing it as an opportunity for improvement rather than a negative thing.

 

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