In December of 2007, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I initially felt scared and confused, but then I committed to educating myself about diabetes and worked with my doctor to determine the overall diabetes treatment plan that was right for me. I began making healthier food choices, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, regularly checking my blood-sugar levels throughout the day and taking diabetes medications, including insulin, as prescribed.
I’m proud to help empower people with diabetes and let them know that they can take control of their condition, but every single one of us can be a role model. People living with diabetes, myself included, need to feel that there is a support network available to share their stories, so please join me in taking a STAND by visiting www.STANDforDiabetes.org and pledge to take an active role in your diabetes management, or encourage others to take control of their diabetes.