Diabetes educator understands life with this disease

Diabetes educator understands life with this disease

November 7, 2019 0 By Jose Scott


When I started, I was a volunteer at a
local hospital where I’m from, and I really didn’t go up on the floor as much
but one day I got to go up on the floor and pass water. And ever since then I
just realized, oh my gosh, I really wanted to be up there, kind of in the action, but
also being able to really make an impact. I had a grandfather who was on kidney
dialysis and that was kind of my first like, oh wow, this is quite the toll on
someone’s life and on their family’s lives and I wanted to be that person–
that support person. Later, I became interested in diabetes because I myself
was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and I know for me and for my family we were
looking for someone to kind of guide us. Even being a nurse, this disease is so
complex that I still felt like I needed that support. Often I hear you can’t
really understand it unless you live with it. And I think that’s where I
empathize with people living with it. I know how difficult it is. No matter if
you’re doing everything right, your sugar is always changing. So many things affect
it and I think that’s where I can be of help because I can empathize. I
understand just through personal experience. I can’t imagine what it would
be like if I didn’t have the support system I do, and– and now here at the
Center for Diabetes and Nutrition with my co-workers, but especially with my
family, my parents and my husband, it definitely takes a team and that’s the
biggest thing I liked about here was we’re teaching education. We’re teaching
support. Not only to those living with diabetes but the support system, because
it’s so important. I would not be able to combat this disease by myself.