Peer Support and Self Empowerment

“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.”
- Mary Kay Ash

At Defeat Diabetes Foundation we believe in a self-empowerment approach to dealing with the issue of diabetes. Self-empowerment means increasing your strength and self confidence. This is accomplished by gaining the skills and knowledge that allow you to overcome obstacles in life.

Whether you are newly diagnosed, or a veteran of diabetes, you know that diabetes is a complex and confusing disease. Your continued health requires you to be proactive about your diabetes.

It is important for you to become knowledgeable about your disease. So, take the time to read about diabetes. Defeat Diabetes Foundation website is chock full of information about diabetes self-care, ways to avoid complications of the disease, nutrition tips and recipes, latest news, treatments on the horizon and much more.

If you are newly diagnosed, Your First Year with Diabetes, by Certified Diabetes Educator Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE, is an excellent primer that guides you through each month of your first year with diabetes. There are literally thousands of other books and resources, including blogs which are usually written by people with diabetes, themselves. Note:  Theresa Garnero is a frequent contributor to the DDF website.  Look for her Islets of Humor™ cartoon from time to time in our newsletter.

In addition to developing an effective medical team, be sure to have a strategy for meeting with your doctor. The average person with diabetes spends a mere 63 minutes each year with their doctor. Make sure those minutes count by writing down the top three issues YOU would like to talk about.

For the other 525,537 minutes each year, a person with diabetes is solely responsible for managing their own condition. That’s why self-empowerment and peer support can be important components to your long term physical and emotional health.

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