According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 20 million Americans have diabetes, six million of whom are unaware they have the disease. Almost everyone is affected by diabetes, whether they are diabetics themselves or simply by knowing friends or family members who suffer from diabetes.
On Monday, March 7 Terry Wiley will be speaking at Cherokee Regional Medical Center during the CRMC Diabetes Support Group meeting. The meeting will be held in the CRMC first Floor Conference Room beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wiley is a member of the sanofi-aventi A1C Champions ProgramŽ which is a patient led approach to diabetes education. He will share his personal experience with living with diabetes.
Some of the topics Wiley will cover include-
* Achieving good Glucose control
* Learning about effective self management
* Developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle
* Planning and prioritizing diabetes management
* Overcoming fears surrounding diabetes
* Finding resources for diabetes support
If you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes, the CRMC Diabetes Support Group, along with the help of speakers such as Terry Wiley, can provide motivation to take those first steps to a healthier life. Diabetes patients need to know they are not alone and there are people who can help them along their journey with diabetes.
The educational meetings include open discussions, a time for sharing, and peer support in a small group atmosphere. CRMC diabetic educators will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns one may have regarding diabetes. The meetings are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please contact Stephanie Jacobson- RD, LD at 225-3368 Ext. 138.