NDEP| Finding Diabetes Support
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NDEP| Finding Diabetes Support

October 31, 2019


On-screen: Finding Diabetes Support On-screen: What was it like when you were diagnosed? JIM: My feeling at the time was I hope I’m
going to live, because I really didn’t know anything about diabetes. JENNIFER: I didn’t believe it. I was scared. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to think. MICHAEL: I felt a bit unnerved, but I wasn’t surprised. ANDRE: I expected it. My father passed from complications with diabetes,
and my sister and two older brothers had diabetes, and I felt like I was next in line. VICKY: When I was diagnosed with
diabetes, of course I was upset. But then I had to move on,
it’s not the end of the world. On-screen: Do you have a support network? MICHAEL: Sometimes you feel like it is
you against the world when you’re a diabetic. It’s a very lonely feeling. VICKY: Sometimes I feel alone dealing with my
diabetes because I was in denial for quite a long while. JENNIFER: I know my father has it. My boyfriend’s father has it as well. So I kind of remember and think about I’m not alone. ANDRE: All of my siblings have diabetes, and
every surrounding I pretty much know the people who have diabetes and we
tend to look out for each other. JIM: I talk to my younger brother,
Bill, about diabetes, because he has it. He’s made tremendous gains, his blood
sugar levels are normal, like 112, and he serves as an inspiration for me. VICKY: I asked my brother for advice regarding
diabetes because he’s been dealing with it a lot longer than I have. We talk about what and what not to eat in
our diet and that I should get my blood testing kit. On-screen: How have family or
friends helped you with your diabetes? JIM: My friends and my family don’t always understand
what diabetes is, and how can it affect your life. But they are supportive in their own ways. KIM: My husband helps me in
that he doesn’t bring the bad foods into the house. I really need him to keep the things that
I have no control with, out of the house, so he’s pretty good about that. VICKY: My friends and family help me with my
diabetes by helping me go to exercise classes with me. On-screen: What kind of
support do you find most helpful? ANDRE: The most support comes from
other people who are handling diabetes properly. JIM: The most helpful support, I find, is with
the doctors or with the nurses who know about this disease, and also about the pharmacists. The pharmacists always seem to look out for me. KIM: It’s helpful when people
don’t try to monitor my mouth. In the older days when I was diagnosed, everything
I put in my mouth my parents would watch and calculate and admonish me about eating
certain things, and it’s not like that anymore. MICHAEL: I find the support from the medical
community most helpful for my diabetes. Also, I find I can answer a lot of
questions myself by going online. On-screen: To learn more about
diabetes, visit www.ndep.nih.gov

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